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POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

Volume III 



THE 



POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 



POET OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 



EDITED FOR 

The Princeton Historical Association 



BY 

FRED LEWIS PATTEE 

OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE COLLEGE, AUTHOR OF " A HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE/ 
"THE FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE," ETC. 



Volume III 



Princeton, N. J. 

The University Library 

1907 

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Copyright, 1907, by 
The Princeton University Library 



PBESB OF 

The New Era printing Company 

LANQASTEIt, PA. 



CONTENTS 

VOLUME III 

PART IV 
The Period of Editorship. I'jgo-iygj 

PAGE 

Neversink - 3 

The Rising Empire 5 

Log-Town Tavern - 19 

The Wanderer 22 

On the Demolition of Fort George 24 

Congress Hall, N. Y. 26 

Epistle to Peter Pindar, Esq. 28 

The New England Sabbath-Day Chace - 29 

On the Sleep of Plants 3 1 

On the Demolition of an old College 33 

On the Death of Dr. Benjamin Franklin 36 

Epistle from Dr. Franklin to his Poetical Panegyrists - 36 

constantia 38 
Stanzas occasioned by Lord Bellamont's, Lady Hay's and 

OTHER Skeletons being dug up 40 

The Orator of the Woods 41 



VI CONTENTS 

PAGE 

Nanny 42 

Nabby - 44 

The Bergen Planter - 45 

Tobacco - - 46 

The Banished Man - 47 

The Departure - 49 

The American Soldier - 51 

Occasioned by a Legislation Bill ... - 52 
Lines Occasioned by a Law Passed for Cutting Down 

the Trees - - 53 

To THE Public - - 56 

Lines by H. Salem - - - - 57 

Modern Devotion - 59 

The Country Printer - - - - 60 

Seventeen Hundred and Ninety One - - 65 

Lines written on a Puncheon of Jamaica Spirits 66 

The Parting Glass - 68 

A Warning to America - . 70 

The Dish of Tea - - 71 

On the Fourteenth of July - 72 

To Crispin O'Connor 74 

Crispin's Answer 75 

To Shylock Ap-Shenkin 76 

•* To MY Book - 78 
Stanzas to Robert Sevier and William Sevier - - 79 



CONTENTS Vll 

PAGE 

To A Persecuted Philosopher 8o 
To AN Angry Zealot - 8i 
The Pyramid of the Fifteen American States 82 
On the Demolition of the French Monarchy 84 
On the French Republicans 88 
On the Portraits of Louis and Antoinette 89 
To A Republican ... 90 
Ode to Liberty - 92 
Ode - - - - 99 
On the Death of a Republican Printer - loi 
On the Anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille 102 
Thoughts on the European War System - 103 
A Matrimonial Dialogue - 104 
On the Memorable Naval Engagement between the Ambus- 
cade AND the Boston 106 
To Shylock ap-Shenkin - - 109 
Pestilence - no 
On Dr. Sangrado's Flight - - . m 
Elegy ON the Death of A Blacksmith - 112 
To Sylvius - - 113 
The Blessings OF the Poppy - - 114 

QUINTILIAN TO LyCIDAS II5 

The Bay Islet . - ii6 

Jeffery, OR The Soldier's Progress 117 

To Shylock Ap-Shenkin - 119 



viii CONTENTS 

PAGE 

To A Winter of Panegyric ^^9 
The Forest Beau '^o 
Epistle to a Student of Dead Languages 121 
To A Noisy Politician - - 122 
The Sexton's Sermon 122 
On a Legislative Act Prohibiting the Use of Spirit- 
uous Liquors - 126 
Addressed to a Political Shrimp - 127 
Hermit's Valley 128 
To MY Book 129 
The Republican Genius of Europe 129 
The Rival Suitors for America 130 
Mr. Jay's Treaty 132 
Parody 133 
On the Invasion of Rome in 1796 135 
On the Death of Catharine IL ■ 136 
Prefatory Lines to a Periodical Publication 137 
On THE War projected with the Republic of France 139 
To Myrtalis 141 
To Mr. Blanchard 142 
On Hearing a Political Oration 144 
Megara and Altavola 146 
The Republican Festival 151 
Ode for July the Fourth, 1799 [1797] 152 



Address to the Republicans of America 



154 



CONTENTS IX 

PAGE 

To Peter Porcupine - - 156 

On the Attempted Launch of a Frigate 157 

On the Launching of the Frigate Constitution 158 

On the Free Use of the Lancet - - - 159 
The Book of Odes 

Ode L - 161 

Ode IL To the Frigate Constitution 162 

Ode IIL To Duncan Doolittle 164 

Ode IV. To Pest-Eli-Hali - 166 

Ode V. To Peter Porcupine - 167 

Ode VL Address to a Learned Pig - 169 

Ode Vn. On the Federal City 171 
Ode VIIL On the City Encroachments on the River 

Hudson 173 

Ode IX. On the Frigate Constitution - 174 

Ode X. To Santone Samuel 176 

Ode XI. To the Philadelphia Doctors 178 

Ode XII. The Crows and THE Carrion 179 

Ode XIII. On Deborah Gannet 182 

On the Federal City i 84 

The Royal Cockneys IN America 185 

To the Scribe of Scribes 185 

To the Americans of the United States 187 

To A Night- Fly 189 

The Indian Convert 189 



X CONTENTS 

PAGE 

The Pettifogger - '^9 

On a Celebrated Performer on the Violin 193 

New Year's Verses, 1798 - ^94 

PART V 
The Final Period of Wandering. zyg8-i8og 

On Arriving in South Carolina - - 199 

Ode to the Americans 203 
On the War Patrons - 207 

To the Democratic Country Editors - 210 

The Serious Menace - 213 

Reflections on the Mutability of Things 215 

The Political Weather-Cock 216 

Reflections - - 217 

Commerce - - - 220 

On False Systems - 221 

On the Proposed System of State Constitutions - 225 
On a Proposed Negotiation with the French Republic - 226 

Stanzas to an Alien - - 228 

Stanzas written in Blackbeard's Castle 229 

Lines written at Sea 231 

Stanzas to the Memory of General Washington 232 

Stanzas Upon the Same Subject - 234 
Stanzas Occasioned by Certain Absurd, Extravagant, and 
EVEN Blasphemous Panegyrics on the late General 

Washington - . 235 



CONTENTS XI 

PAGE 

To THE Memory of Edward Rutledge, Esq. - 238 

On the Departure of Peter Porcupine 240 

The Nautical Rendezvous - - 242 

To THE Memory of Aedanus Burke - 243 

To THE Rev. Samuel S. Smith, D.D. - - 244 
Stanzas Published at the Procession to the Tomb of the 

Patriots ' - 246 

The Tomb of the Patriots - 249 

On the Peak of Pico - - 254 

A Bacchanalian Dialogue - 255 

Stanzas written at the Island of Madeira - 257 

On the Peak of Teneriffe - 261 

Answer to a Card of Invitation to visit a Nunnery 263 

On Seniora Julia 265 

Lines on Seniora Julia - 266 

On a Rural Nymph - 268 

On General Miranda's Expedition 271 

On the Abuse of Human Power 272 

October's Address - 273 

Wio a Caty-Did - - 275 

On Passing by an Old Churchyard - 277 

Stanzas Occasioned by an Old English Tobacco Box 278 

On the Death of a Master Builder 281 

On the Death of a Masonic Grand Sachem 283 

On a Honey Bee - - - 285 



Xll CONTENTS 

PAGE 

On the Fall of an Ancient Oak Tree - - 285 

Stanzas on the Decease of Thomas Paine - 286 



PART VI. 

The War of 1812. 1809-1813. 

On the Symptoms of Hostilities - 291 

Lines Addressed to Mr. Jefferson • 293 

On the Prospect of War 296 

On the British Commercial Depredations 300 

To America 301 

The Suttler and the Soldier 304 

Military Recruiting - 308 

On the Capture of the Guerriere 310 

Theodosia - - - 312 

In Memory of James Lawrence, Esquire 313 

On the Lake Expeditions - 314 

The Battle of Lake Erie 315 

On the Capture of the United States Frigate Essex 3 1 8 

The Terrific Torpedoes - - 321 
The Northern March - 

On Political Sermons - 330 

Lines on Napoleon Bonaparte 333 

On the Dismission of Bonaparte 334 

The Prince Regent's Resolve 336 

The Volunteer's March - 337 



329 f 



CONTENTS XUl 

PAGE 

The Battle of Stonington - - 338 
On the British Invasion - 341 
On the English Devastations at Washington - 343 
On the Conflagrations at Washington - 344 
To the Lake Squadrons - 347 
The Battle of Lake Champlain - 349 
A Dialogue at Washington's Tomb 352 
Sir Peter Petrified - 354 
On the Death of General Ross 356 
On the Naval Attack near Baltimore 357 
On the British Blockade - 358 
Royal Consultations 361 
On the Loss of the Privateer Brigantine General Arm- 
strong 363 
On the Brigantine Privateer Prince de Neufchatel 366 
The Parade and Sham-Fight - 368 
Retaliation - - 373 
On the Launching of the Independence 374 
The Brook of the Valley 376 

APPENDIX. 
A. The American Village, &c. 

The American Village 381 

The Farmer's Winter Evening - 394 

The Miserable Life of a Pedagogue - 396 



XIV CONTENTS 

PAGE 

Upon a very Ancient Dutch House on Long 

Island - - - 399 

B. List of omitted Poems 401 

C. Bibliography of the Poetry of Philip Freneau 407 
Index ... . . 41^ 



PART IV 
THE PERIOD OF EDITORSHIP 

1 790 -1 797 



THE 

POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 



NEVERSINK- 



These Hills, the pride of all the coast, 
To mighty distance seen. 
With aspect bold and rugged brow. 
That shade the neighbouring main : 
These heights, for solitude design'd. 
This rude, resounding shore — 
These vales impervious to the wind. 
Tall oaks, that to the tempest bend. 
Half Druid, I adore. 

From distant lands, a thousand sails 
Your hazy summits greet — 

In February, 1790, Freneau left the sea and settled down in the employ of 
the New York Daily Advertiser. During the next seven years he was succes- 
sively editor of the National Gazette, The Jersey Chronicle, and The Time Piece 
and Literary Companion. The period ends late in 1 797 when he left New York 
and went for a time to Charleston, South Carolina. 

1 The first trace I can find of this poem is in the Treeman's Journal, Febru- 
ary 2, 1791, where it is entitled " Stanzas written on the Hills of Neversink near. 
Sandy Hook, 1790." In the republication of the poem in the National Gazette, 
November 28, 1791, the month "July " was added to the title. It was the poet's 
valedictory to the ocean after his wanderings. He was married in May, 1 790, and 
he now evidently looked forward to a settled career. The poem has been placed 
slightly out of order as will be seen. It was republished only in the 179S edition 
which the text follows. The first five lines of the original version were as follows: 

3 



POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

You saw the angry Briton come, 

You saw him, last, retreat ! 

With towering crest, you first appear 

The news of land to tell ; 

To him that comes, fresh joys impart, 

To him that goes, a heavy heart. 

The lover's long farewell. 

'Tis your's to see the sailor bold,^ 

Of persevering mind, 

To see him rove in search of care. 

And leave true bliss behind ; 

To see him spread his flowing sails 

To trace a tiresome road. 

By wintry seas and tempests chac'd 

To see him o'er the ocean haste, 

A comfortless abode ! 

Your thousand springs of waters blue 

What luxury to sip. 

As from the mountain's breast they flow 

To moisten Flora's lip ! 

In vast retirements herd the deer, 

Where forests round them rise, 

Dark groves, their tops in asther lost, 

That, haunted still by Huddy's ^ ghost, 

The trembling rustic flies. 

Proud heights ! with pain so often seen, 
(With joy beheld once more) 

" In early days and vanished years 
To rougher toils resigned, 
You saw me rove in search of care 

And leave true bliss behind ; 
You saw me rig the barque so trim," etc. 

1 " I quit your view no more." — Freeman' s Journal, lygi. 
* See Volume II, page 193. 



1797] THE RISING EMPIRE 

On your firm base I take my stand, 

Tenacious of the shore : — 

Let those who pant for wealth or fame 

Pursue the watery road ; — 

Soft sleep and ease, blest days and nights. 

And health, attend these favourite heights, 

Retirement's blest abode ! 



THE RISING EMPIRE > 

On American Antiquity.^ 

America, to every climate known. 
Spreads her broad bosom to the burning zone, 
To either pole extends her vast domain 
Where varying suns o'er different summers reign. 
Wide wandering streams, vast plains, and pathless woods, 
Bold shores, confined by circumscribing floods. 
Denote this land, whose fertile, flowery breast 
Teems with all life — and man, its nobler guest. 

In days of old, from ocean's deepest bed, 
Gulphs unexplored, and countries of the dead, 

^In the Charleston City Gazetteer Daily Advertiser of February 2, 1 790, 
appeared " A Characteristic Sketch of the Long Island Dutch. From The Rising 
Empire : a Poem." Two days later the New York Daily Advertiser published 
"A View of Rhode Island. [Extracted from a new Poem, entitled The Rising 
Empire, not yet published.] " That Freneau for a time was actively engaged 
upon this projected volume is evident from the poems on the states which appeared 
in the Daily Advertiser, chiefly during the month of March, 1 790. The last of 
these poems, "A Descriptive Sketch of Virginia," appeared June II, 1790. On 
June 25 Freneau issued proposals for a new volume of poems, presumably to bear 
the title "The Rising Empire," but the volume was never published. Many of 
the pieces that undoubtedly would have gone to make up the book appeared in the 
Daily Advertiser. Of those that came directly under the title (and they are 
doubtless but a fragment of what the poet intended to write) all but "A View of 
Rhode Island ' ' appeared in a greatly changed form in the poet' s later volumes. 
I have followed in each case the edition of 1809. 

' In the Daily Advertiser of March 13, 179°, this poem bore the title " Philo- 
sophical Sketch of America. ' ' 



6 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

Rous'd by some voice, that shook all nature's frame, 
From the vast depths this new creation came : 
Perpetual change its varying nature feels, 
The wave once flow'd that now with frost congeals, 
Suns on its breast have shed a feebler fire. 
Oceans have roU'd where mountains now aspire. 
The soil's proud lord a changeful temper knows. 
From differing earths his various nature grows : 
Long, long before the time that sophists plan 
Existed in these woods the race of man, 
Warm'd into life by some creating flame, 
All worlds pervading, and through all, the same ! 

Not from the west their swarthy tribes they brought, 
As Europe's pride and Asia's folly taught ; — 
With the same ease the great disposing power 
Produced a man, a reptile, or a flower : — 
See the swift deer, in lonely wilds that strays, 
See the tall elk, that in the valley plays. 
See the fierce tiger's raging, ravenous band. 
And wolves (their race as ancient as the land) 
Did these of old from bleak Kamschatka come, 
And traverse seas, to find a happier home ? — 
No? — from the dust, this common dust, they drew 
Their different forms, proud man, that moulded you. 

At first, half beasts, untaught to till the land. 
Careless, you fed from Nature's fostering hand ; 
In depths of deserts dream'd your lives away. 
Sought no new worlds, nor look'd beyond to-day : 
The Almighty power, that lives and breathes through all, 
Bade some faint rays on these dark nations fall ; 
Early, to them did reasoning souls impart. 
Inventive genius, and some dawn of art ; 
Then left them here, with sense enough to win, 
Or cheat the bear, or panther of his skin ; 
Mean huts to build, regardless of their form. 



1797] THE RISING EMPIRE 

Completely blest, if shelter'd from the storm ; 
To see the seasons change, day turn to night : 
Bow to the lamps of heaven that gave them light, 
Beam'd on the spring, or bade the summer glow. 
Their harvests ripen, and their gardens grow — 

A View of Rhode Island* 

Wash'd by surrounding seas, and bold her coasts, 
A grateful soil the fair Rhode Island boasts. 
The admiring eye no happier fields can trace. 
Here seas are crowned with the scaly race. 
Nature has strove to make her native blest 
And owns no fairer Eden in the west : 
Here lovliest dames in frequent circles seen. 
Catch the fine tint of health from beauty's queen, 
No aid they want to seize the enraptur'd view 
Nor art's false colours to improve the true ; 
Here, love the traveller holds — loth to depart 
Some charming creature slays his wandering heart. 
Bids him forget from clime to clime to rove. 
And even dull prudence — here — submits to love. 
On grassy farms, their souls enslav'd to gain. 
Reside the masters of the rural reign ; 
Vast herds they feed, that glut the abundant pail, 
Break the stiff sod, or freight the adventurous sail ; 
The nervous steed, the stanchest of the kind 
Here walks his rounds in pastures unconfin'd : — 
Half that the lands produce or seas contain 
To other shores transported o'er the main 
Returns in coin, to cheer the miser's eye. 
In foreign sweets, that fancied wants supply. 
Or tawdry stuffs, to deck the limbs of pride. 
That thus expends what avarice strove to hide. 

1 Text from the New York Daily Advertiser of February 4, 1 790. 



8 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

But, hostile to themselves, this jarring race 

In desperate interests, different plans embrace — 

One, bold in wrong, his paper fabric rears 

And steels his bosom to the orphan's tears 

To those he ruin'd grants no late relief ! 

But leaves the wretched to subsist on grief ! 

In lost advice his days the gownsman spends. 

He gives his prayers and teachings to the winds, — 

In vain he tells of virtue's sure reward ; 

No words but this attract a swain's regard — 

Talk not of Laws! — where innocence must fall. 

One spark of honour more than damns them all ; 

And vainly Science her assistance lends 

Where knavery shapes it to the basest ends. 

Fraud walks at large, — each selfish passion reigns, 

And cheats enforce what honesty disdains. 

Hurt at the view, I leave the ungrateful shore 

And thy rough soil, Connecticut, explore : 

Terra Vulpina, or, the Land of Foxes ^ 

Here fond remembrance stampt her much loved names. 
Here boasts the soil its London and its Thames ; 
Through all her shores commodious ports abound, 
Clear flow the waters of the unequal ground ; 
Cold nipping winds a lengthened winter bring. 
Late rise the products of the unwilling spring, 
The impoverished fields the labourer's pains disgrace, 
And hawks and vultures scream through all the place ; 
The broken soil a nervous breed requires. 
Where the rough glebe no generous crops admires — 
Dame Nature meanly did her gifts impart. 
But smiles to see how much is forced by art. 

•In the original version published in ihe Daily Advertiser, May 10, 1790, 
this bore the title ' ' Description of Connecticut. ' ' 



1797] THE RISING EMPIRE 9 

As Boreas keen, who guides their wintry reign, 
All bow to lucre, all are bent on gain. 
In contact close their neat abodes are thrown, 
Its house, each acre ; every mile, its town ; 
With glittering spire the frequent church is seen, ^ 
Where yews and myrtles wave their gloomy green. 
Where fast-day sermons tell the hungry guest 
That a cameleon's dinner is the best : 
There mobs of deacons awe the ungodly wight. 
And hell's black master meets the unequal fight — 

Eternal squabblings grease the lawyer's paw. 
All have their suits, and all have studied Law : 
With tongue, that Art and Nature taught to speak, 
Some rave in Latin, some dispute in Greek : 
Proud of their parts, in ancient lore they shine, 
And one month's study makes a learned Divine ; ^ 
Bards of huge fame in every hamlet rise, 
Each (in idea) of Virgilian size : 
Even beardless lads a rhyming knack display — 
Iliads begun, and finished in a day ! 
Rhymes, that of old on Blackmore's wheel were spun, 
Come rattling down on Zion's reverend son ; * 
Madly presumed time's vortex to defy ! 
Things born to live an hour — then squeak and die. 

Some, to grow rich, through Indian forests roam. 
Some deem it best to stay and thrive at home : 
In spite of all the priest and squire can say. 
This world — this wicked world — will have its way ; 
Honest through fear, religious by constraint, 
How hard to tell the sharper from the saint ! — 

> Followed in the original version by the line : 

' ' Sacred to him, that taught them to be keen ; ' ' 

2 The fourteen lines following this are not in the original version. 
8 In the edition of 1795 this reads " Greenfield's reverend son," alluding to 
Dr. Dwight. 



lO POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

Fond of discourse, with deep designing views 
They pump the unwary traveller of his news ; 
Fond of that news, but fonder to be paid, 
Each house a tavern, claims a tavern's trade. 
While he that comes as surely hears them praise 
The hospitality of modern days. 

Yet, brave in arms, of enterprizing soul, 
They tempt old Neptune to the farthest pole. 
In learning's walks explore the mazy way, 
(For genius there has shed his golden ray) 
In war's bold art through many a contest tried 
True to themselves, they took the nobler side, 
And party feuds forgot, joined to agree 
That power alone supreme — that left them free. 

Massachusetts ' 

Here, in vast flocks, the fleecy nation strays. 
Here, endless herds the upland meadow graze. 
Here smiling plenty crowns the labourer's pain 
And blooming beauty weds the industrious swain : 
Were this thy all, what happier state could be! — 
But avarice drives the native to the sea. 
Fictitious wants all thoughts of ease controul. 
Proud Independence sways the aspiring soul, 
'Midst foreign waves, a stranger to repose. 
Through the moist world the keen adventurer goes ; 
Not India's seas restrain his daring sail, 
Far to the south he seeks the polar whale : 
From those vast banks where frequent tempests rave. 
And fogs eternal brood upon the wave. 
There (furled his sail) his daring hold he keeps. 
Drags from their depths the natives of those deeps ; 
Then to some distant clime explores his way. 
Bold avarice spurs him on — he must obey. 

'In the index to the 1809 edition the title was "Lines on the old patriotic 

state, Massachusetts. ' ' 



1797] THE RISING EMPIRE II 

Yet from such aims one great effect we trace 
That holds in happier bonds this restless race ; 
Like some deep lake, by circling shores comprest, 
Man's nature tends to universal rest : 
Unfed by springs, that find some secret pass 
To mix their current with the mightier mass, 
Unmoved by moons, that some strange impulse guides 
To lift its waters, and propel its tides, 
Unvext by winds, that scowl across its waste. 
Tear up the wave, and discompose its breast, 
Soon would that lake (a putrid nuisance grown,) 
Lose all its virtue, praised or prized by none : 
Thus, avarice lends new vigour to mankind, 
Not vainly planted in the unsteady mind ; 
With her, Ambition linked, they proudly drive, 
Rule all our race, and keep the world alive. 

Here, first, to quench her once loved Freedom's flame, 
With their proud fleets, Britannia's warriors came ; 
Here, sure to conquer, she began her fires. 
Here, sent her lords, her admirals, and her squires : 
All, all too weak to effect the vast design ^ 
For which we saw half Europe's arms combine. 
Uncounted navies rove from main to main. 
Threats, bribery, treachery — tried and tried again; 
Mandate on mandate, edict, and decree. 
To rivet fetters, and enslave the free ! 

Long, long from Boston's hills shall strangers gaze 
On those vast mounds that magic seemed to raise ; 
Stupendous piles that hastened Britain's flight, 

1 " All, all too weak to effect the vast design 

That swell' d, poor Gage, that puny heart of thine. 
That urg'd BURGOYNEto slight his Celiacs charms. 
The brother HowES to furbish up their arms 
And modern Percies lose their wonted sleep 
To conquer countries, that they could — not keep. ' ' 

— Original version in the Daily Advertiser, March 29, 1790. 



12 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Extended hills, the offspring of a night ! — 

In that devoted town they hoped to stay 

And, fed by rapine, sleep soft years away : 

Vain hopes, vain schemes — the unconquered spirit rose 

That still survived through all succeeding woes ; 

Imprisoned crowds, in cruel durance held. 

Disarmed, restrained from honour's earliest field ; 

Imprisoned thousands, worn with poignant grief. 

Now, half adoring, met their guardian chief,* 

Whose thundering cannon bade the foe retreat, 

Disgrace their portion, and their rout complete. 

A Batavian Picture' 

Sons of the earth, for plodding genius fam'd, 
Batavia long her earth-born natives claim'd : 
Begot from industry, and not from love, 
Swarming at length, to these fair climes they move. — 
Still in these climes their numerous race survive,^ 
And, born to labour, still are found to thrive ; 
Thro' rain and sunshine toiling for their heirs 
They hold no nation on this earth like theirs. 
Fond of themselves, no generous motives bind. 
To those that speak their gibberish, only kind : — 
Yet still some virtues, candour must confess. 
And truth shall own, some virtues they possess : 
Where'er they fix, all nature smiles around 
Groves bend with fruit and plenty clothes the ground ; 
No barren trees to shade their domes are seen. 
Trees must be fertile, and their dwellings clean, 
No idle fancy dares its whims apply, 
Or hope attention from the master's eye, 
All tends to something that must pelf produce, 

* Washington. — Freneau's note. 

' The original title of this poem was ' ' A Characteristic Sketch of the Long 
Island Dutch." 

^ The original version in the Daily Advertiser began at this point. 



1797] THE RISING EMPIRE 1 3 

All for some end, and every thing its use : — 

Eternal scowerings keep their floors afloat, 

Neat as the outside of the Sunday coat ; 

The hoe, the loom, the female band employ, 

These all their pleasure, these their darling joy; — 

The strong-ribb'd lass no idle passions move. 

No frail ideas of romantic love ; 

He to her heart the readiest path can find 

Who comes with gold, and courts her to be kind. 

She heeds not valour, learning, wit, or birth. 

Minds not the swain — but asks him what he's worth. 

No female fears in her firm breast prevail. 

The helm she handles and she trims the sail. 

In some small barque the way to market finds. 

Hauls aft the sheet, or veers it to the winds. 

While placed a-head, subservient to her will, 

Hans smokes his pipe, and wonders at her skill. 

Health to their toils — thus may they still go on — 
Curse on my pen ! What pictures have I drawn ! 
Is this the general taste? No (Truth replies) — 
If fond of beauty, guiltless of disguise. 
See — (where, the social circle meant to grace) 
The fair Cesarean shades her lovely face, — 
She, earlier held to happier tasks at home. 
Prefers the labours that her sex become. 
Remote from view, directs some favourite art, 
And leaves to hardier man the ruder part. 

Pennsylvania 

[A Fragment] 
Spread with stupendous hills, far from the main, 
Fair Pennsylvania holds her golden rein. 
In fertile fields her wheaten harvest grows. 
Charged with its freights her favorite Delaware flows ; 
From Erie's Lake her soil with plenty teems 



14 POKMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

To where the Schuylkill rolls his limpid streams — 

Sweet stream ! what pencil can thy beauties tell — 

Where, wandering downward through the woody vale, 

Thy varying scenes to rural bliss invite, 

To health and pleasure add a new delight : 

Here Juniata, too, allures the swain. 

And gay Cadorus roves along the plain ; 

Sweetara, tumbling from the distant hill. 

Steals through the waste, to turn the industrious mill — 

Where'er those floods through groves or mountains stray, 

That God of Nature still directs the way. 

With fondest care has traced each river's bed 

And mighty streams thro' mighty forests led. 

Bade agriculture thus export her freight. 

The strength and glory of this favoured State. 

She, famed for science, arts, and polished men, 
Admires her Franklin, but adores her Penn, 
Who, wandering here, made barren forests bloom. 
And the new soil a happier robe assume : 
He planned no schemes that virtue disapproves, 
He robbed no Indian of his native groves. 
But, just to all, beheld his tribes increase. 
Did what he could to bind the world in peace. 
And, far retreating from a selfish band. 
Bade Freedom flourish in this foreign land. 

Gay towns unnumbered shine through all her plains. 
Here every art its happiest height attains : 
The graceful ship, on nice proportions planned. 
Here finds perfection from the builder's hand. 
To distant worlds commercial visits pays. 
Or war's bold thunder o'er the deep conveys.^ 

•The earliest version, as it appeared in the Daily Advertiser, March 17, 
1790, had the following in place of the last six lines : 

"Thy followers, Fox, pacific in each aim, 
In this far climate still revere your name ; 



1797] the rising empire 15 

Maryland 

Laved by vast depths that swell on either side 
Where Chesapeake intrudes his midway tide, 
Gay Maryland attracts the admiring eye, 
A fertile region with a temperate sky. 
In years elapsed, her heroes of renown 
From British Anna named one favourite town : * 
But, lost her commerce, though she guards their laws. 
Proud Baltimore that envied commerce draws. 

Few are the years since there, at random placed, 
Some wretched huts her quiet-port disgraced ; 
Safe from all winds, and covered from the bay. 
There, at his ease, the thoughtless native lay. 
Now, rich and great, no more a slave to sloth. 
She claims importance from her towering growth — 
High in renown, her streets and domes arranged, 
A groupe of cabins to a city changed. 

Though rich at home, to foreign lands they stray. 
For foreign trappings trade the wealth away. 
Politest manners through their towns prevail, 
And pleasure revels, though their funds should fail ; 

To them long practice prudent foresight gave, 
Proof to the projects of the keenest knave. 
On things to come they fix an anxious eye 
Fond to be thought the favourites of the sky. 
Paths of their ovf n they clear to future bliss, 
Praise other worlds but keep their hold on this. 
Nor mean I, hence, to censure or condemn. 
Perhaps 'twere best the world should think like them ; — 
What tho' on visions they may place their trust, 
I hold their general principles are just. 
Good will to all, themselves their first great care. 
Precise in dealing, foes to blood and war ; 
Let kings invade, or potentates assault, 
No aid they lend, for passive to a fault. 
They still are found, all complaisant to power 
To bow to ruffians in the trying hour." 
* Annapolis, — Freneau! s note. 



1 6 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

In each gay dome, soft music charms its lord, 

Where female beauty strikes the trembling chord ; 

On the fine air with nicest touches dwells. 

While from the tongue the according ditty swells : 

Proud to be seen, 'tis their's to place delight 

In dances measured by the winter's night. 

The evening feast, that wine and mirth prolong. 

The lamp of splendor, and the midnight song. 

Religion here no gloomy garb assumes. 

Exchanged her tears for patches and for plumes : 

The blooming belle (untaught heaven's beaus to win) 

Talks not of seraphs, but the world she's in : 

Attached to earth, here born, and to decay. 

She leaves to better worlds all finer clay. 

In those, whom choice or different fortunes place 
On rural scenes, a different mind we trace ; 
There solitude, that still to dullness tends, 
To rustic forms no sprightly action lends ; 
Heeds not the garb, mopes o'er the evening fire ; 
And bids the maiden from the man retire. 
On winding floods the lofty mansion stands. 
That casts a mournful view o'er neighbouring lands ; 
There the sad master strays amidst his grounds. 
Directs his negroes, or reviews his hounds ; 
Then home returning, plies his pasteboard play. 
Or dreams o'er wine, that hardly makes him gay : 
If some chance guest arrive in weary plight. 
He more than bids him welcome for the night ; 
Kind to profusion, spares no pains to please. 
Gives him the product of his fields and trees ; 
On his rich board shines plenty from her source, 
— The meanest dish of all his own discourse. 



1797] the rising empire \^ 

Old Virginia^ 

Vast in extent, Virginia meets our view, 
With streams immense, dark groves, and mountains blue ; 
First in provincial rank she long was seen, 
Built the first town, and first subdued the plain : 
This was her praise — but what can years avail, 
When times succeeding see her efforts fail ! 
On northern fields more vigorous arts display. 
Where pleasure holds no universal sway ; 
No herds of slaves parade their sooty band 
From the rough plough to save the fopling's hand. 
Where urgent wants the daily pittance ask, 
Compel to labour, and complete the task.^ 

A race of slaves, throughout their country spread. 
From different soils extort the owner's bread ; ^ 
Averse to toil, the natives still rely 
On the sad negro for the year's supply ; *' 

1 In the edition of I79S "^'^ bore the title " Virginia. [A Fragment]" 

* The original version in i!sx& Daily Advertiser, June II, 179°, added here 
these lines : 

" Yet shall not malice rob them of their due, 
Not all their worth is center' d in a few : 
On Fame's bright lists their sages they enroll, 
Theirs is the brave, and high aspiring soul, 
Heroes and chiefs, the firm unconquer'd mind 
That rul'd in councils, or in battles shin'd, 
Sent traitorous bands new regions to explore 
And drove their titled miscreant* from the shore." 

* Lord Dunmore. — Freneau! s note. 

' The original version added here the following : 

" Rais'd by their care, tobacco spreads its leaf, 
The master's pleasure, and the labourer's grief; 
Hence comes the lofty port, the haughty air. 
The proud demeanour, and the brow severe.'' 

* The original version added here the couplet : 

" While the keen lash some little tyrant wields, 
Foe to the free-born genius of the fields." 



1 8 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

He, patient, early quits his poor abode. 

Toils at the hoe, or totes some ponderous load, ^ 

Sweats at the axe, or, pensive and forlorn. 

Sighs for the eve, to parch his stinted corn ! 

With watchful eye maintains his much-loved fire. 

Nor even in summer lets its sparks expire — 

At night returns, his evening toils to share, 

Lament his rags, or sleep away his care. 

Bind up the recent wound, with many a groan ; 

Or thank his gods that Sunday is his own. 

To these far climes the scheming Scotchman flies. 
Quits his bleak hills to court Virginian skies ; 
Removed from oat-meal, sour-crout, debts, and duns, 
Prudent, he hastes to bask in kinder suns ; 
Marks well the native — views his weaker side. 
And heaps up wealth from luxury and pride, 
Exports the produce of a thousand plains. 
Nor fears a rival, to divide his gains. 

Deep in their beds, as distant to their source 
Here many a river winds its wandering course : 
Proud of her bulky freight, through plains and woods 
Moves the tall ship, majestic, o'er the floods. 
Where James's strength the ocean brine repels, 
Or, like a sea, the deep Potowmack swells : 
Yet here the sailor views with wondering eye 
Impoverished fields that near their margins lie. 
Mercantile towns, where languor holds her reign, 
And boors inactive, on the exhausted plain. ^ 

' The original version added here : 

" Silent beholds (proud object of reproach) 
His whole year's labour lost on Mammon's coach !" 

2 As originally printed in the Daily Advertiser the poem ended as follows : 

" Mercantile towns where dullness holds her reign 
And boors, too lazy to manure the plain : — 
There, where two creeks divide the sickly lands, 



1797] LOG-TOWN TAVERN 19 

LOG-TOWN TAVERN >' 

[By Hezekiah Salem] ' 

Through sandy wastes and floods of rain 

To this dejected place I came, 
Where swarthy nymphs, in tattered gowns, 

From pine-knots catch their evening flame : 

Where barren oaks, in close array. 

With mournful melody condole ; 
Where no gay fabrics meet the eye. 

Nor painted board, nor barber's pole. 

Thou town of logs ! so justly called, 
In thee who halts at evening's close. 

Mis-shapen pile, the gloomy college stands, 
With mingled cAess the sophs their vigils keep 
And William nods to Mary — half asleep ; 
The mopish muse no lively theme essays 
But toils in law, that best her toil repays, 
With modem Latin, ancient trash explains, 
Or deals in Logic — for the want of brains. 
" Attach' d to other times, I cast my view 
To former days, when all was fresh & new, 
When Pocahunta, in her bearskin clad, 
Sigh'd to be happy with her English lad : 
Queen of those woods, embarking on the main, 
(With Tomocomo following in her train) 
First of her race, she reach' d the British shore 
But doom'd to perish, saw her own no more ! 
Chang' d is the scene — where once her gardens smil'd 
A negro race now wander through the wild 
And with base gabbling, vex that injur' d shade 
Where Freedom flourish' d and Powhatan stray' d." 

^ Daily Advertiser, February 19, 1790, entitled "Lines Descriptive of a 
Tavern at Log-Town, a small Place in the Pine Barrens of North-Carolina. " The 
poem appeared originally in the North Carolina Gazette. 

^ The signature "By Hezekiah Salem" or "By H. Salem" is peculiar to 
the 1809 edition. Freneau added it to many poems which in previous editions 
had been unsigned. 



20 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Not dreams from Jove, but hosts of fleas 
Shall join to sweeten his repose. 

A curse on this dejected place 

Where cold, and hot, and wet, and dry, 

And stagnant ponds of ample space 
The putrid steams of death supply. 

Since here I paced on weary steed 

Ah, blame me not, should I repine 
That sprightly girl, nor social bed. 

Nor jovial glass this night is mine. 

The landlord, gouged in either eye. 

Here drains his bottle to the dregs, 
Or borrows Susan's pipe, while she 

Prepares the bacon and the eggs. 

Jamaica, that inspires the soul. 

In these abodes no time has seen 
To dart its generous influence round, 

To kindle wit and kill the spleen. 

The squire of this disheartening inn 

Affords to none the generous bowl. 
Displays no Bacchus on the sign 

To warm the heart and cheer the soul. 

To cyder, drawn from tilted cask, 

While each a fond attention paid 
All grieved to see the empty flask. 

Its substance gone, its strength decayed. 

A rambling hag, in dismal notes 

Screeched out a song, to cheer my grief ; 

Two lads their dull adventures told, 
A shepherd each — and each a thief. 



1797] LOG-TOWN TAVERN 21 

Dame justice here in rigour reigns — 

Each has on each the griping paw : 
Whoe'er with them a bargain makes, 

Scheme as he will, it ends in law. 

With scraps of songs and smutty words 

Each lodger here adorns the walls : 
The wanton muse no pencil gives, 

A coal her mean idea scrawls. 

No merry thought, no flash of wit 

Was scrawled by this unseemly crew. 

With pain I read the words they writ 
Immodest and immoral too. 

The god of verse, the poet's friend. 
Whom Nature all indulgent finds — 

That god of verse will never lend 
His powers to such degraded minds. 

In murmuring streams no chrystal wave 
To cheer the wretched hamlet flows ; 

But frowning to the distant bog 
Rosanna with the pitcher goes. 

At dusk of eve the tardy treat 

Was placed on board of knotty pine ; 

Each gaping gazed, to see me eat 

While round me lay the slumbering swine. 

Unblessed be she, whose aukward hand 

Before me laid the mouldy pone ; * 
May she still miss the joyous kiss, 

Condemned to fret and sleep alone. 

* A composition of Indian meal and water, baked hastily before the fire on a 
board or hoe. — Freneau's note. 



22 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

The horse that bore me on my way 

Around me cast a wishful eye, 
He looked, and saw no manger near, 

And hung his head, and seemed to sigh. 

At stump of pine, for want of stall. 

All night, beneath a dripping tree. 
Not fed with oats, but filled with wind. 

And buckwheat straw, alone stood he. 

Discouraged at so vile a treat, 

Yet pleased to see the approaching dawn, 

In haste, we left this dreary place. 

Nor staid to drink their dear Yoppon. 



* 



May travellers dread to wander here. 
Unless on penance they be bound — 

O may they never venture near, 
Such fleas and filthiness abound. 

But should ye come — be short your stay, 
For Lent is here forever kept — 

Depart, ye wretches, haste away. 

Nor stop to sleep — where I have slept. 



THE WANDERER 1 

As Southward bound to Indian isles 

O'er lonely seas he held his way, 
A songster of the feather'd kind 

Approach'd, with golden plumage gay : 

* A shrub leaf very commonly used in the Carolinas, as a substitute for tea. — 
Freneau^ s note. 

' Printed in the Daily Advertiser, February 22, 1790, under the title " The 
Bird at Sea," and republished only in the edition of 1795, from which the text is 
taken. 



1797] THE WANDERER 23 

By sympathetic feelings led 

And grieving for her sad mischance, 

Thus Thyrsis to the wanderer said, 
As circling in her airy dance. 

' ' Sad pilgrim on a watery waste, 
What cruel tempest has compell'd 

To leave so far your native grove, 
To perish on this liquid field ! 

Not such a dismal swelling scene 
(Dread Neptune's wild unsocial sea) 

But crystal brooks and groves of green. 
Dear rambling bird, were made for thee. 

Ah, why amid some flowery mead 

Did you not stay, where late you play'd : 

Not thus forsake the cypress grove 
That lent its kind protecting shade. 

In vain you spread your weary wings 
To shun the hideous gulph below ; 

Our barque can be your only hope — 
But man you justly deem your foe. 

Now hovering near, you stoop to lodge 
Where yonder lofty canvas swells — 

Again take wing — refuse our aid, 
And rather trust the ruffian gales. 

But Nature tires ! your toils are vain — 
Could you on stronger pinions rise 

Than eagles have — for days to come 
All you could see are seas and skies. 

Again she comes, again she lights. 
And casts a pensive look below — 

Weak wanderer, trust the traitor, Man, 
And take the help that we bestow." 



24 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

Down to his side, with circling flight, 

She flew, and perch'd, and linger'd there ; 

But, worn with wandering, droop'd her wing. 
And life resign'd in empty air. 



ON THE 
DEMOLITION OF FORT-GEORGE 

In New -York — 1790^ 

As giants once, in hopes to rise. 
Heaped up their mountains to the skies ; 
With Pelion piled on Ossa, strove 
To reach the eternal throne of Jove ; 

' In the Daily Advertiser of June 12, 1790, there appeared from the pen of 
Freneau a long article entitled " Description of New-York one Hundred years 
hence, By a Citizen of those Times : " The following is an extract : 

"At the South western part of this city formerly stood a strong fort, with 
stone walls, near thirty feet in height, upon which were mounted a considerable 
number of large pieces of cannon. This fortress was originally constructed by the 
Dutch possessors of the place to defend the town, then in its infancy, from the 
insults of pirates on the one side, and the aborigines of the country on the other. 
After this territory fell into the hands of the English nation, the fort was at dif- 
ferent times enlarged, strengthened and repaired, and was the usual place of resi- 
dence for the British Governors, who, in the true spirit of European royalty and 
despotism chose to live separate from their fellow-citizens, and in several instances 
treated them with a degree of contempt and disrespect proportionate to the confi- 
dence they had in the number of their cannon, and in the strength of the walls 
and ramparts that surrounded them. 

' ' History mentions that in the year 1 790, fourteen years after this republic had 
shaken off its yoke of foreign bondage, this fort was totally demolished by an edict 
of the Senate, and the space it occupied employed to better purpose in making 
room for those elegant streets and buildings which now adorn this quarter of the 
city." 

The poem appeared in the issue of March 9, 1790, and was entitled " On 
the proposed demolition of Fort George, in this City." The text of the 1809 
edition has been followed. 



1797] DEMOLITION OF FORT GEORGE 2$ 

So here the hands of ancient days 

Their fortress from the earth did raise, 

On whose proud heights, proud men to please. 

They mounted guns and planted trees. 

Those trees to lofty stature grown — 
All is not right ! — they must come down, 
Nor longer waste their wonted shade 
Where Golden slept, or Tryon strayed. 

Let him be sad that placed them there, — 
We shall a youthful race prepare ; 
Another grove shall bloom, we trust. 
When this lies prostrate in the dust. 

Where Dutchmen once, in ages past. 
Huge walls and ramparts round them cast, 
New fabrics raised, on new design. 
Gay streets and palaces shall shine. 

To foreign kings no more a slave 
(Disgrace to Freedom's passing wave) 
No flags we rear, we feign no mirth. 
Nor prize the day that gave them birth. 

While time degrades Palmyra low, 
Augusta lifts her lofty brow — 
While Europe falls to wars a prey, 
Her monarchs here, should have no sway. 

Another George shall here reside. 
While Hudson's bold, unfettered tide 
Well pleased to see this chief so nigh. 
With livelier aspect passes by. 

Along his margin, fresh and clean, 
Ere long shall belles and beaux be seen. 
Through moon-light shades, delighted, stray. 
To view the islands and the bay. 



26 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Of evening dews no more afraid, 
Reclining in some favourite shade, 
Each nymph, in rapture with her trees, 
Shall sigh to quit the western breeze. 

To barren hills far southward shoved. 

These noisy guns shall be removed, 

No longer here a vain expense. 

Where time has proved them no defence. — 

Advance, bright days ! make haste to crown 
With such fair scenes this honoured town. — 
Freedom shall find her charter clear. 
And plant her seat of commerce here. 



CONGRESS HALL, N. Y.' 

With eager step and wrinkled brow. 

The busy sons of care 
(Disgusted with less splendid scenes) 

To Congress Hall repair. 

In order placed, they patient wait 

To seize each word that flies. 
From what they hear, they sigh or smile. 

Look cheerful, grave, or wise. 

Within these walls the doctrines taught 

Are of such vast concern, 
That all the world, with one consent. 

Here strives to live — and learn. 

' Daily Advertiser, March 12, 1790. The title of the poem as given in the 
index of the 1809 edition, the text of which I have followed, is " On the Immense 
Concourse at Federal Hall, in 1790, while the Funding System was in agitation." 
The title in the 1795 edition was "Federal Hall." The seat of the national 
government was at this time in New York City. 



1797] CONGRESS HALL, N. Y. 2/ 

The timorous heart, that cautious shuns 

All churches, but its own, 
No more observes its wonted rules ; 

But ventures here, alone. 

Four hours a day each rank alike, 

(They that can walk or crawl) 
Leave children, business, shop, and wife. 

And steer for Congress Hall. 

From morning tasks of mending soals 

The cobler hastes away ; 
At three returns, and tells to Kate 

The business of the day. 

The debtor, vext with early duns. 

Avoids his hated home ; 
And here and there dejected roves 

'Till hours of Congress come. 

The barber, at the well-known time, 

Forsakes his bearded man. 
And leaves him with his lathered jaws. 

To trim them as he can. 

The tailor, plagued with suits on suits. 

Neglects Sir Fopling's call. 
Throws by his goose — slips from his board, 

And trots to Congress Hall. 



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EPISTLE TO PETER PINDAR, ESQ.' 

Peter, methinks you are the happiest wight 
That ever dealt in ink, or sharpen'd quill. 
'Tis yours on every rank of fools to write — 
Some prompt with pity, some with laughter kill ; 
On scullions or on dukes you run your rigs. 
And value George no more than Whitbread's pigs. 

From morn to night, thro' London's busy streets. 
New subjects for your pen in crowds are seen, 
At church, in taverns, balls, or birth-day treats, 
Sir Joseph Banks, or England's breeding queen ; 
How happy you, whom fortune has decreed 
Each character to hit — where all will read. 

We, too, have had your monarch by the nose, 
And pull'd the richest jewel from his crown — 
Half Europe's kings are fools, the story goes, 
Mere simpletons, and ideots of renown, 

Proud, in their frantic fits, man's blood to spill — 
'Tis time they all were travelling down the hill. 

But, Peter, quit your dukes and little lords. 
Young princes full of blood and scant of brains — 
Our rebel coast some similes affords, 
And many a subject for your pen contains 
Preserv'd as fuel for your comic rhymes, 
(Like Egypt's gods) to give to future times. 

'Text from tht Daily Advertiser, March 15, 1790. "Peter Pindar" was 
the pen name of the voluminous and well-known English satirist and humorist, Dr. 
John Walcott. The first collection of his poems was published in 1789. From 
this point his influence upon the poetry of Freneau was considerable. An Amer- 
ican edition of Peter Pindar was published in Philadelphia in 1792. 



1797] THE NEW-ENGLAND SABBATH-DAY CHACE 29 



THE NEW ENGLAND SABBATH-DAY CHACE' 

[Written Under the Character of Hezekiah Salem] 

On a fine Sunday morning I mounted my steed 
And southward from Hartford had meant to proceed ; 
My baggage was stow'd in a cart very snug, 
Which Ranger, the gelding, was destined to lug ; 
With his harness and buckles, he loom'd very grand. 
And was drove by young Darby, a lad of the land — 
On land, or on water, most handy was he, 
A jockey on shore, and a sailor at sea. 
He knew all the roads, he was so very keen 
And the Bible by heart, at the age of fifteen. 

As thus I jogg'd on, to my saddle confined. 
With Ranger and Darby a distance behind ; 
At last in full view of a steeple we came 
With a cock on the spire (I suppose he was game ; 
A dove in the pulpit may suit your grave people. 
But always remember — a cock on the steeple) 
Cries Darby — ' ' Dear master, I beg you to stay ; 
Believe me, there's danger in driving this way ; 
Our deacons on Sundays have power to arrest 
And lead us to church — if your honour thinks best — 
Though still I must do them the justice to tell. 
They would choose you should pay them the fine — full 
as well." 

1 First published, as far as I can find, in the Daily Advertiser, March 16, 
1790. It was there introduced as follows (italics) : "In several parts of New 
England it is customary not to suffer travellers to proceed on a journey on the 
Sabbath day. If a person is obstinate on these occasions, he is either forcibly 
(and commonly to the ridicule of the whole Congregation) conducted to the 
Church door, led through the principal ile («V), and placed in a conspicuous seat 
by the wardens, or must be detained till next day under guard, and submit to pay 
a fine, or be committed. The following lines commemorate an event of this sort, 
which some years ago really befel Mr. P. the noted performer in feats of horse- 
manship. The author, however, seems to have left his poem incomplete.'' 
Text from the 1809 edition. 



30 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

The fine (said I) Darby, how much may it be — 
A shilling or sixpence ? — why, now let me see, 
Three shillings are all the small pence that remain. 
And to change a half joe would be rather profane. 
Is it more than three shillings, the fine that you speak on ; 
What say you good Darby — will that serve the deacon. 

"Three shillings (cried Darby) why, master, you're 
jesting ! — 
Let us luff while we can and make sure of our westing — 
Forty shillings, excuse me, is too much to pay 
It would take my month's wages — that's all I've to say. 
By taking this road that inclines to the right 
The squire and the sexton may bid us good night, 
If once to old Ranger I give up the rein 
The parson himself may pursue us in vain." 

"Not I, my good Darby (I answer'd the lad) 
Leave the church on the left ! they would think we were 

mad; 
I would sooner rely on the heels of my steed. 
And pass by them all like a Jehu indeed : — 
As long as I'm able to lead in the race 
Old Ranger, the gelding, will go a good pace. 
As the deacon pursues, he will fly like a swallow. 
And you in the cart must, undoubtedly, follow," 

Then approaching the church, as we pass'd by the door 
The sexton peep'd out, with a saint or two more, 
A deacon came forward and waved us his hat, 
A signal to drop him some money — mind that! — 

"Now, Darby (I halloo'd) be ready to skip, 
Ease off the curb bridle. — give Ranger the whip : 
While you have the rear, and myself lead the way. 
No doctor or deacon shall catch us this day." 

By this time the deacon had mounted his poney 
And chaced for the sake of our souls and — our money: 
The saint, as he followed, cried — "Stop them, halloo!" 
As swift as he followed, as swiftly we flew — 



1797] ON THE SLEEP OF PLANTS 3 1 

"Ah master! (said Darby) I very much fear 
We must drop him some money to check his career, 
He is gaining upon us and waves with his hat 
There's nothing, dear master, will stop him but that. 
Remember the Beaver (you well know the fable) 
Who flying the hunters as long as he's able. 
When he finds that his efforts can nothing avail 
But death and the puppies are close at his tail, 
Instead of desponding at such a dead lift 
He bites off their object, and makes a free gift — 
Since fortune all hope of escaping denies 
Better give them a little, than lose the whole prize." 
But scarce had he spoke, when we came to a place 
Whose muddy condition concluded the chace, 
Down settled the cart — and old Ranger stuck fast 
Aha ! (said the Saint) have I catch'd ye at last ? 



Caetera desunt. 



ON THE SLEEP OF PLANTS' 

When suns are set, and stars in view. 
Not only man to slumber yields ; 
But Nature grants this blessing too. 
To yonder plants, in yonder fields. 

The Summer heats and lengthening days 
(To them the same as toil and care) 
Thrice welcome make the evening breeze. 
That kindly does their strength repair. 

1 Published in the Daily Advertiser, March 20, 1 790. Text from the edition 
of 1809. 



32 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

At early dawn each plant survey, 
And see, revived by Nature's hand, 
With youthful vigour, fresh and gay, 
Their blossoms blow, their leaves expand. 

Yon' garden plant, with weeds o'er-run, 
Not void of thought, perceives its hour. 
And, watchful of the parting sun. 
Throughout the night conceals her flower. 

Like us, the slave of cold and heat. 
She too enjoys her little span — 
With Reason, only less complete 
Than that which makes the boast of man. 

Thus, moulded from one common clay, 

A varied life adorns the plain ; 

By Nature subject to decay. 

By Nature meant to bloom again ! 



1797] ON THE DEMOLITION OF AN OLD COLLEGE 33 



ON THE DEMOLITION OF AN OLD 
COLLEGE' 

On New-Year's eve, the year was eighty-nine, 
All clad in black, a back-woods' college crew 
With crow-bar, sledge, and broad axe did combine 
To level with the dust their antique hall. 
In hopes the President would build a new : 
Yes, yes, (said they), this ancient pile shall fall. 
And laugh no longer at yon' cobbler's stall. 

The clock struck seven — in social compact joined. 
They pledged their sacred honors to proceed : 
The number seventy-five this feat designed : 
And first some oaths they swore by candle light 

' Published in the Daily Advertiser, March 22, 1790, under the title " On 
the Demolition of Dartmouth College." This earliest version was introduced 
thus (italics): "On December the 31st last, the old College at Dartmouth in 
in New- Hampshire, was entirely demolished by the Students, notwithstanding 
every endeavour of the Rev. President to persuade them to desist from their un- 
warrantable undertaking. It stood the shock of their united efforts about 20 
minutes, and then fell to the ground." The facts as given by Freneau are in the 
main true. During the absence of the second Wheelock in Europe to secure 
funds for the college "Professor Woodward," according to Chase's History of 
Dartmouth College, " acted as chief executive and Professor Ripley resided with 
the family in the presidential mansion. The students, it seems, took advantage 
of the opportunity to rid themselves and the faculty of the little log hut, ' the 
first sprout of the college,' that stood near the mansion house. Being remitted to 
the occupancy of servants, it was by this time in a deplorable state of neglect and 
decay, and obnoxious to everybody. On a December evening in 1782 or 1783 
Professor Ripley in the President's house happened to be entertaining a friend 
from Connecticut, and dilating with much satisfaction upon the orderly behaviour 
of the students and the freedom from noise and disturbance. In the midst of it 
they became aware of an unusual commotion without, and on going to see about it, 
discovered a body of students assailing the log house in such a manner that in a 
very short time little was left of it. The professor made an effort to stay the 
work but the noise overpowered his voice." In the edition of 1795 the title was 
"On the Demolition of a Log-College," and in the index of the edition of 1809, 
the text of which I have used, the title was given " On the Demolition of an 
ancient New-England College." 

4 



34 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

On Euclid' Elements — no bible did they need: 
One must be true, they said, the other might — 
Besides, no bible could be found that night. 

Now darkness o'er the plain her pinions spread, 

Then rung the bell an unaccustomed peal : 

Out rushed the brave, the cowards went to bed. 

And left the attempt to those who felt full bold 

To pull down halls, where years had seen them kneel : 

Where Wheelock oft at rakes was wont to scold, 

Or sung them many a psalm, in days of old. 

Advancing then towards the tottering hall, 
(That now at least one hundred years had stood) 
They gave due notice that it soon should fall — 
Lest there some godly wight might gaping stand ; 
(For well they knew the world wants all its good 
To fright the sturdy sinners of the land, 
And shame old Satan, with his sooty band.) 

The reverend man that college gentry awes, 

Hearing the bell at this unusual hour, 

Vext at the infringement of the college laws. 

With Indian stride out-sallied from his den. 

And made a speech (as being a man in power) — 

Alas ! it was not heard by one in ten — 

No time to heed his speeches, or his pen. 

"Ah, rogues, said he, ah, whither do ye run, 

" Bent on the ruin of this antique pile — 

"That, all the war, has braved both sword and gun? 

"Reflect, dear boys, some reverend rats are there, 

"That now will have to scamper many a mile, 

' ' For whom past time old Latin books did spare, 

"And Attic Greek, and manuscripts most rare. 



1797] ON THE DEMOLITION OF AN OLD COLLEGE 35 

' ' Relent, relent ! to accomplish such designs 

" Folks bred on college fare are much too weak ; 

' ' For such attempts men drink your high-proof wines, 

' ' Not spiritless switchel * and vile hogo drams, 

"Scarcely sufficient to digest your Greek — 

" Come, let the college stand, my dear black lambs — 

"Besides — I see you have no battering rams." 

Thus he — but sighs, and tears, and prayers were lost — 
So, to it they went with broad-axe, spade, and ham- 
mer — 
One smote a wall, and one dislodged a post, 
Tugged at a beam, or pulled down pigeon-holes 
Where Indian lads were wont to study grammar — 
Indeed, they took vast pains and dug like moles. 
And worked as if they worked to save their souls. 

Now to its deep foundation shook the dome : 
Farewell to all its learning, fame and honor ! 
So fell the capitol of heathen Rome, 
By Goths and Vandals levelled with the dust — 
And so shall die the works of Neal O'Connor, 
(Which he himself will even outlive, we trust:) 
But now our story's coming to the worst — 

Down fell the Pile ! — aghast these rebels stood. 
And wondered at the mischiefs they had done 
To such a pile, composed of white-oak wood ; 
To such a pile, so antique and renowned. 
Which many a prayer had heard and many a pun — 
So, three huzzas they gave, and fired a round. 
Then homeward trudged — half drunk — but safe and 
sound. 

*A mixture of molasses and water. — Freneau's note. 



36 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 



ON THE DEATH OF DR. BENJAMIN 
FRANKLIN 1 

Thus, some tall tree that long hath stood 
The glory of its native wood, 
By storms destroyed, or length of years, 
Demands the tribute of our tears. 

The pile, that took long time to raise. 
To dust returns by slow decays : 
But, when its destined years are o'er. 
We must regret the loss the more. 

So long accustomed to your aid. 
The world laments your exit made ; 
So long befriended by your art. 
Philosopher, 'tis hard to part ! — 

When monarchs tumble to the ground. 

Successors easily are found : 

But, matchless Franklin ! what a few 

Can hope to rival such as you. 

Who seized from kings their sceptred pride. 

And turned the lightning's darts aside ! * 



EPISTLE 2 



From Dr. Franklin [deceased] to his Poetical Panegyrists, on some of 
their Absurd Compliments 

" Good Poets, why so full of pain. 
Are you sincere — or do you feign ? 

* Eripuit coelo fulmen, sceptrumque tyrannis ! — Freneau' s note. 

'First published \n 'Cue Daily Advertiser, April 28, 1790. Text from the 
1809 edition. Franklin died April 17. 

^Tublished in the Daily Advertiser, May 24, 1790, with the title "Verses 
from the Other World, by Dr. Fr — k — n.'' Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] EPISTLE 37 

Love for your tribe I never had, 

Nor penned three stanzas, good or bad. 

At funerals, sometimes, grief appears. 
Where legacies have purchased tears : 
'Tis folly to be sad for nought. 
From me you never gained a groat. 

To better trades I turned my views, 
And never meddled with the muse ; 
Great things I did for rising States, 
And kept the lightning from some pates. 

This grand discovery, you adore it, 
But ne'er will be the better for it : 
You still are subject to those fires, 
For poets' houses have no spires. 

Philosophers are famed for pride ; 
But, pray, be modest — when I died. 
No "sighs disturbed old ocean's bed," 
No "Nature wept" for Franklin dead! 

That day, on which I left the coast, 
A beggar-man was also lost : 
If "Nature wept," you must agree 
She wept for him — as well as me. 

There's reason even in telling lies — 
In such profusion of her "sighs," 
She was too sparing of a tear — 
In Carolina, all was clear : 

And, if there fell some snow and sleet, 
Why must it be my winding sheet? 
Snows oft have cloathed the April plain. 
Have melted, and will melt again. 

Poets, I pray you, say no more, 
Or say what Nature said before ; 



38 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

That reason should your pens direct, 
Or else you pay me no respect. 

Let reason be your constant rule, 
And Nature, trust me, is no fool — 
When to the dust great men she brings. 
Make her do — some uncommon things." 



CONSTANTIA^ 

[On a Project of Retiring to Bethlehem] 

Sick of the world, in prime of days 
Constantia took a serious fit — 
Resolved to shun all balls and plays 
And only read what saints had writ — 
To Convent Hall she would repair 
And be a pensive sister there. 

' ' What are they all — this glare of things. 
These insects that around me shine ; 
These beaux and belles on silken wings — 
Indeed their pleasures make not mine — 
My happiness is all delayed — 
I'll go, and find it in the shade." 

A sailor, loitering from his crew. 

As chance would have it, passed .along — 

She told him what she had in view. 

And he replied — " Fair maid you're wrong, 

' ' Let faded nymphs to cloisters go, 

" Where kisses freeze and love is snow. 

" The druids' oak and hermits' pine 
" Afford a gloomy, sad delight; 

1 Printed in tiie Daily Advertiser, May i, 1790. It was republished both in 
the Freeman! s Journal and in the National Gazette. Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] 



CONSTANTIA 



39 



But why that blush of health resign, 
The mingled tint of red and white ? 
In moistening cells the flowers expire 
That, on the plain, all eyes admire. 

With such a pensive, pious train 
Who, but a hermit, could agree — 
Ah, rather stay to grace the plain. 
Or wander on the wave with me : 
For you the painted barque shall wait 
And I would die for such a freight." 

No wandering stranger (she replied) 

Can tempt me to forego my plan ; 

No barque that wafts him o'er the tide. 

Nor many a better looking man : 

Go, wanderer, plough your gloomy sea, 

Constantia must a sister be. 

To gain so fair a flower as you, 

(The Tar returned) who would not plead? 

Nor shall you, nymph, to convents go 

While love can write what you must read : 

Come, to yon' meadc et us stray, 

I have some handsome things to say." 

Love has its wish when reason fails — 
In vain he sighed, in vain he strove : 
Forsake (said she) those swelling sails 
If you would have me — think of love : 
Great merit has your sailing art. 
But absence would distract my heart." 

What else was said, we secret keep ; — 
The Tar, grown fonder of the shore. 
Neglects his prospects on the deep. 
And she of convents talks no more : — 
He slyly quits the coasting trade 
She pities her — who seeks the shade. 



40 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



STANZAS 

Occasioned by Lord Bellamont's, Lady Hay's, and Other Skeletons, 
being dug up in Fort George (N. Y.), 1790.^ 

To sleep in peace when life is fled, 
Where shall our mouldering bohes be laid — 
What care can shun — (I ask with tears) 
The shovels of succeeding years ! 

Some have maintained, when life is gone, 
This frame no longer is our own : 
Hence doctors to our tombs repair. 
And seize death's slumbering victims there. 

Alas ! what griefs must Man endure ! 
Not even in forts he rests secure : — 
Time dims the splendours of a crown. 
And brings the loftiest rampart down. 

The breath, once gone, no art recalls ! 
Away we haste to vaulted walls : 
Some future whim inverts the plain. 
And stars behold our bones again. 

Those teeth, dear girls — so much your care — 
(With which no ivory can compare) 
Like these (that once were lady Hay's) 
May serve the belles of future days. 

Then take advice from yonder scull ; 
And, when the flames of life grow dull, 
Leave not a tooth in either jaw, 
Since dentists steal — and fear no law. 

1 Published in the Daily Advertiser, June 17, 1790. The bodies were 
removed at the time the demolition of Fort George was in progress. Text from 
the 1809 edition. 



1797] THE ORATOR OF THE WOODS 4 1 

He, that would court a sound repose, 
To barren hills and deserts'goes : 
Where busy hands admit no sun, 
Where he may doze, 'till all is done. 

Yet there, even there tho' slyly laid, 
'Tis folly to defy the spade : 
Posterity invades the hill. 
And plants our relics where she will. 

But O ! forbear the rising sigh ! 
All care is past with them that die : 
Jove gave, when they to fate resigned. 
An opiate of the strongest kind : 

Death is a sleep, that has no dreams : 
In which all time a moment seems — 
And skeletons perceive no pain 
Till Nature bids them wake again. 



THE ORATOR OF THE WOODS' 

Each traveller asks, with fond surprize. 
Why Thyrsis wastes the iieeting year 
Where gloomy forests round him rise. 
And only rustics come to hear — 
His taste is odd (they seem to say) 
Such talents in so poor a way ! 

To those that courts and titles please 
How dismal is his lot ; 
Beyond the hills, beneath some trees. 
To live — and be forgot — 

1 Published in the Daily Advertiser, June 29, 1790, with the explanation: 
" Occasioned by hearing a very elegant Discourse preached in a mean Building, 
by the Parson of an obscure Parrish." Text from the 1809 edition. 



42 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179O 

In dull retreats, where Nature binds 
Her mass of clay to vulgar minds. 

While you lament his barren trade, 

Tell me — in yonder vale 

Why grows that fliower beneath the shade. 

So feeble and so pale ! — 

Why was she not in sun-shine placed 

To blush and please your men of taste ? 

In lonely wilds, those flowers so fair 

No curious step allure ; 

And chance, not choice, has placed them there, 

(Still charming, tho' obscure) 

Where, heedless of such sweets so nigh. 

The lazy hind goes loitering by. 



NANNY * 

The Philadelphia Housekeeper, to Nabby, her Friend in New- York ' 

Six weeks my dear mistress has been in a fret 
And nothing but Congress will do for her yet : 
She says they must come, or her senses she'll lose. 
From morning till night she is reading the news. 
And loves the dear fellows that vote for our town 
(Since no one can relish New-York but a clown, 
Where your beef is as lean, as if fattened on chaff, 
And folks are too haughty to worship — a calf) 
She tells us as how she has read in her books 
That God gives them meat, but the devil sends cooks ; 
And Grumbleton told us (who often shoots flying) 

* Occasioned by the intended removal of tlie Supreme Legislature of the United 
States from New- York to Philadelphia — a measure much agitated at the time the 
above was written — 179°' — Freneau's note. 

' Published in the Daily Advertiser, July I, 1790. Text from the 1809 edition 



1797] NANNY TO NAB BY 43 

That fish you have plenty — but spoil them in frying ; 
That your streets are as crooked, as crooked can be, 
Right forward three perches he never could see 
But his view was cut short with a house or a shop. 
That stood in his way — and obliged him to stop. 

Those speakers that wish for New-York to decide, — 
'Tis a pity that talents are so misapplied ! 
My mistress declares she is vext to the heart 
That genius should take such a pitiful part ; 
For the question, indeed, she is daily distrest. 
And Gerry, I think, she will ever detest. 
Who did all he could, with his tongue and his pen 
To keep the dear Congress shut up in your Den. 

She insists, the expense of removing is small. 
And that two or three thousands will answer it all. 
If that is too much, and we're so very poor — 
The passage by water is cheaper, be sure ; 
If people object the expence of a team. 
Here's Fitch with his wherry, will bring them by steam ; 
And, Nabby ! — if once he should take them on board, 
The Honour will be a sufficient reward. 

But, as to myself, I vow and declare 
I wish it would suit them to stay where they are ; 
I plainly foresee, that if once they remove 
Throughout the long day, we shall drive, and be drove, 
My madam's red rag will ring like a bell. 
And the hall and the parlour will never look well ; 
Such scouring will be as has never been seen. 
We shall always be cleaning, and never be clean. 
And threats in abundance will work on my fears, 
Of blows on the back, and of cuffs on the ears — 
Two trifles, at present, discourage her paw. 
The fear of the Lord, and the fear of the law — 
But if Congress arrive, she will have such a sway. 
That gospel and law will be both done away ; — 



44 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

For the sake of a place I must bear all her din, 
And if ever so angry, do nothing but grin ; 
So Congress, I hope in your town will remain. 
And Nanny will thank them again and again. 



NABBY 

The New -York Housekeeper, to Nanny, her Friend in Philadelphia' 

Well, Nanny, I am sorry to find, since you writ us. 
The Congress at last has determined to quit us ; 
You now may begin with your dish-clouts and brooms. 
To be scouring your knockers and scrubbing your rooms ; 
As for us, my dear Nanny, we're much in a pet, 
And hundreds of houses will be to be let ; 
Our streets, that were just in a way to look clever. 
Will now be neglected and nasty as ever ; 
Again we must fret at the Dutchified gutters 
And pebble-stone pavements, that wear out our trotters. — 
My master looks dull, and his spirits are sinking. 
From morning till night he is smoking and thinking, 
Laments the expence of destroying the fort. 
And says, your great people are all of a sort — 
He hopes and he prays they may die in a stall. 
If they leave us in debt — for Federal Hall — 
And Strap has declared, he has such regards. 
He will go, if they go, for the sake of their beards. 
Miss Letty, poor lady, is so in the pouts. 
She values no longer our dances and routs, 
And sits in a corner, dejected and pale. 
As dull as a cat, and as lean as a rail ! — 
Poor thing, I'm certain she's in a decay. 
And all — because Congress Resolve — not to stay! — 

1 Published in \!i\e JDailyAdvertiser, July 15, 1790. Text from the edition 
of 1809. 



1797] THE BERGEN PLANTER 45 

This Congress unsettled is, sure, a sad thing, 

Seven years, my dear Nanny, they've been on the wing ; 

My master would rather saw timber, or dig, 

Than see them removing to Conegocheague, 

Where the houses and kitchens are yet to be framed. 

The trees to be felled, and the streets to be named ; 

Of the two, we had rather your town should receive 'em — 

So here, my dear Nanny, in haste I must leave 'em, 

I'm a dunce at inditing — and as I'm a sinner. 

The beef is half raw — and the bell rings for dinner! 



THE BERGEN PLANTER' 

Attach'd to lands that ne'er deceiv'd his hopes. 
This rustic sees the seasons come and go. 
His autumn's toils return'd in summer's crops, 
While limpid streams, to cool his herbage, flow ; 
And, if some cares intrude upon his mind, 
They are such cares as heaven for man design'd. 

He to no pompous dome comes, cap in hand, 

Where new-made 'squires affect the courtly smile : 

Nor where Pomposo, 'midst his foreign band 

Extols the sway of kings, in swelling style, 

With tongue that babbled when it should have hush'd, 

A head that never thought — a face that never blush'd. 

He on no party hangs his hopes or fears. 

Nor seeks the vote that baseness must procure ; 

No stall-fed Mammon, for his gold, reveres. 

No splendid offers from his chests allure. 

While showers descend, and suns their beams display, 

The same, to him, if Congress go or stay. 

'Published in the Daily Advertiser, July 12, 1790- Reprinted in the Na- 
tional Gazette under the title " The Pennsylvania Planter." Text from the 1 795 
edition. 



46 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

He at no levees watches for a glance, 

(Slave to disgusting, distant forms and modes) 

Heeds not the herd at Bufo's midnight dance, 

Dullman's mean rhymes, or Shylock's birth-day odes : 

Follies, like these, he deems beneath his care. 

And Titles leaves for simpletons to wear. 

Where wandering brooks from mountain sources roll, 
He seeks at noon the waters of the shade. 
Drinks deep, and fears no poison in the bowl 
That Nature for her happiest children made : 
And from whose clear and gently-passing wave 
All drink alike — the master and the slave. 

The scheming statesman shuns his homely door. 

Who, on the miseries of his country fed. 

Ne'er glanc'd his eye from that base pilfer'd store 

To view the sword, suspended by a thread — 

Nor that "hand-writing," grav'd upon the wall. 

That tells him — but in vain — "the sword must fall." 

He ne'er was made a holiday machine, 
Wheel'd here and there by 'squires in livery clad, 
Nor dreads the sons of legislation keen. 
Hard-hearted laws, and penalties most sad — 
In humble hope his little fields were sown, 
A trifle, in your eye — but all his own. 



TOBACCO 

[Supposed to be written by a Young Beginner '] 

This Indian weed, that once did grow 
On fair Virginia's fertile plain, 
From whence it came — again may go, 
To please some happier swain : 

1 Published in the Daily Advertiser, July 31, 1790. Text from the edition 
of 1809. 



1797] THE BANISHED MAN 47 

Of all the plants that Nature yields 
This, least beloved, shall shun my fields. 

In evil hour I first essayed 
To chew this vile forbidden leaf. 
When, half ashamed, and half afraid, 
I touched, and tasted — to my grief: 
Ah me ! the more I was forbid, 
The more I wished to take a quid. 

But when I smoaked, in thought profound, 

And raised the spiral circle high. 

My heart grew sick, my head turned round — 

And what can all this mean, (said I) — 

Tobacco surely was designed 

To poison, and destroy mankind. 

Unhappy they, whom choice, or fate 
Inclines to prize this bitter weed ; 
Perpetual source of female hate ; 
On which no beast — but man will feed ; 
That sinks my heart, and turns my head. 
And sends me, reeling, home to bed ! 



THE BANISHED MAN* 

Since man may every region claim. 
And Nature is, in most, the same. 
And we a part of her wide plan. 
Tell me, what makes The Banish'd Man. 

The favourite spot, that gave us birth, 
We fondly call our mother earth ; 

1 Published in tlie Daily Advertiser, September i, 1790, with the introduc- 
tion : "A little before Lord Bolingbroke was banished into France, he wrote an 
essay upon Exile. — Some of his thoughts on that occasion are expressed in the 
following Stanzas." Text from the 1809 edition. 



48 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

And hence our vain distinctions grow, 
And man to man becomes a foe. 

That friendship to all nations due, 

And taught by reason to pursue, 

That love, which should the world combine, 

To country, why do we confine? 

The Grecian sage * (old stories say) 
When question'd where his country lay, 
Inspired by heaven, made no reply. 
But rais'd his finger to the sky. 

No region has, on earth, been known 
But some, of choice, have made their own : — 
Your tears are not from Reason's source 
If choice assumes the path of force. 

' ' Alas ! (you cry) that is not all : 

' ' My former friendships I recall, 

"My house, my farm, my days, my nights, 

"Scenes vanish'd now, and past delights." — 

Distance for absence you mistake — 
Here, days and nights their circuits make : 
Here, Nature walks her beauteous round. 
And friendship may — perhaps — be found. 

If times grow dark, or wealth retires, 
Let Reason check your proud desires : 
Virtue the humblest garb can wear. 
And loss of wealth is loss of care. 

Thus half unwilling, half resign'd. 
Desponding, why, the generous mind? — 
Think right, — nor be the hour delayed 
That flies the sun, to seek the shade. 

*Anaxagoras. — Freneatt's note. 



1797] THE DEPARTURE 49 

Though injured, exiled, or alone, 
Nobly presume the world your own, 
Convinced that, since the world began. 
Time, only, makes The Banish'd Man. 



THE DEPARTURE 1 

Occasioned by the Removal of Congress from New-York to Philadel- 
phia. — [I790-] 

From Hudson's banks, in proud array, 
(Too mean to claim a longer stay) 
Their new ideas to improve. 
Behold the generous Congress move ! 

Such thankless conduct much we feared, 
When Timon's coach stood ready geered. 
And He — the foremost on the floor. 
Stood pointing to the Delaware shore. 

So long confined to little things. 
They sigh to be where Bavius sings, 
Where Sporus builds his splendid pile. 
And Bufo's tawdry Seasons smile. 

New chaplains, now, shall ope their jaws, 
New salaries grease unworthy paws : 
Some reverend man, that turtle carves. 
Will fatten, while the solder starves. 

The Yorker asks — but asks in vain — 
"What demon bids them 'move again? 
" Whoever 'moves must suffer loss, 
"And rolling stones collect no moss. 

1 In the edition of 179S this bore the title " On the Departure of the Grand 
Sanhedrim." Text from the 1809 edition. 



50 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

' Have we not paid for chaplains' prayers, 
' That heaven might smile on state affairs ? — 
' Put some things up, pulled others down, 
' And raised our streets through half the town ? 

' Have we not, to our utmost, strove 
'That Congress might not hence remove — 
' At dull debates no silence broke, 
'And walked on tip-toe while they spoke? 

' Have we not toiled through cold and heat, 
'To make the Federal Pile complete — 
' Thrown down our Fort, to give them air, 
' And sent our guns, the devil knows where ? 

' Times change ! but Memory still recalls 
'The Day, when ruffians scaled their walls — 
' Sovereigns besieged by angry men, 
' Mere prisoners in the town of Penn? 

' Can they forget when, half afraid, 
' The timorous Council * lent no aid ; 
' But left them to the rogues that rob, 
' The tender mercies of the mob ? 

' Oh ! if they can, their lot is cast ; 
' One hundred miles will soon be passed — 
' This Day the Federal Dome is cleared, 
' To Paulus'-Hook the barge is steered, 
' Where Timon's coach stands ready geered ! " 

[1790.] 

* See the history of those times. — Freneau' s note. 



1797] THE AMERICAN SOLDIER 5 1 

THE AMERICAN SOLDIER' 

[A Picture from the Life] 

" To serve with love. 
And shed your blood. 
Approved may be above. 
And here below 
(Examples shew) 
' Tis dangerous to be good. ' ' 

— Lord Oxford. 

Deep in a vale, a stranger now to arms, 
Too poor to shine in courts, too proud to beg, 
He, who once warred on Saratoga's plains. 
Sits musing o'er his scars, and wooden leg. 

Remembering still the toil of former days. 
To other hands he sees his earnings paid ; — 
They share the due reward — he feeds on praise. 
Lost in the abyss of want, misfortune's shade. 

Far, far from domes where splendid tapers glare, 
'Tis his from dear bought peace no wealth to win, 
Removed alike from courtly cringing 'squires, 
The great-man's Levee, and the proud man's grin. 

Sold are those arms which once on Britons blazed. 
When, flushed with conquest, to the charge they came ; 
That power repelled, and Freedom's fabrick raised. 
She leaves her soldier — famine and a name! [1790] 

^The first trace I can find of this poem is in the edition of 1795. Text from 
the 1809 edition. 



52 POEMS or PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



OCCASIONED* 

By a Legislation Bill proposing a Taxation upon 
Newspapers 

" 'Tis time to tax the News, (Sangrado cries) 

" Subjects were never good that were too wise : 

"In every hamlet, every trifling town, 

' ' Some sly, designing fellow sits him down, 

' ' On spacious folio prints his weekly mess, 

' ' And spreads around the poison of his Press. 

" Hence, to the World the streams of scandal flow, 

" Disclosing secrets, that it should not know, 

" Hence courtiers strut with libels on their backs; — 

' ' And shall not news be humbled by a tax ! 

' ' Once ( 'tis most true) such papers did some good, 
" When British chiefs arrived in angry mood: 
" By them enkindled, every heart grew warm, 
"By them excited, all were taught to arm, 
' ' When some, retiring to Britannia's clime, 
' ' Sat brooding o'er the vast events of time ; 
' ' Doubtful which side to take, or what to say, 
" Or who would win, or who would lose the day. 

' ' Those times are past ; (and past experience shews) 
"The well-born sort alone, should read the news, 
" No common herds should get behind the scene 
' ' To view the movements of the state machine : 
" One paper only, filled with courtly stuff, 
" One paper, for one country is enough, 
' ' Where incense offered at Pomposo's shrine 
"Shall prove his house-dog and himself divine." 

1 Published in the Daily Advertiser early in 1791. Text from the 1809 edition. 



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Occasioned by a Law passed by the Corporation of New- York, early in 
1 790, for cutting down the trees in the streets of that 
City, previous to June 10, following 

The Citizen's Soliloquy 

A man that owned some trees in town, 
(And much averse to cut them down) 
Finding the Law was full and plain, 
No trees should in the streets remain. 
One evening seated at his door, 
Thus gravely talked the matter o'er : 

' ' The fatal Day, dear trees, draws nigh. 
When you must, like your betters, die. 
Must die! — and every leaf will fade 
That many a season lent its shade, 
To drive from hence the summer's heat, 
And make my porch a favourite seat. 

" Thrice happy age, when all was new. 
And trees untouched, unenvied grew, 

1 This was published in the National Gazette of March 8, 1 792, with this 
introduction : ' ' Legislatures and city corporations have ever been inimical to trees 
in cities. — About nine years ago the attempt was made in Philadelphia to cut down 
all the trees — The public, however, demurred to the decree, which, together with 
Mr. Hopkinson's Columnal Orator, saved the lives of these useful and amusing 
companions. 

" In a neighboring city, a similar attempt was made about a year ago by its cor- 
poration. A universal extirpation was ordered, without respect to age or quality, 
by the loth of June, 1791. — The public interfered in this, as in the other case, and 
the trees were saved, % except a few, which having been injudiciously placed, 
above a century ago, had nearly grown into the inhabitants' houses ; and conse- 
quently suffered the sentence of the law. . . . % A copy of verses, on this occasion, 
were as follow : THE landlord's soliloquy, etc." 



54 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

When yet regardless of the axe, 
They feared no law, and paid no tax ! 
The shepherd then at ease was laid, 
Or walked beneath their cooling shade ; 
From slender twigs a garland wove, 
Or traced his god within the grove ; 
Alas ! those times are now forgot. 
An iron age is all our lot : 
Men are not now what once they were. 
To hoard up gold is all their care : 
The busy tribe old Plutus calls 
To pebbled streets and painted walls ; 
Trees now to grow, is held a crime. 
And These must perish in their prime ! 

"The trees that once our fathers reared, 
And even the plundering Briton spared. 
When shivering here full oft he stood. 
Or kept his bed for want of wood — 
These trees, whose gently bending boughs 
Have witnessed many a lover's vows. 
When half afraid, and half in jest. 
With Nature busy in his breast, 
With many a sigh, he did not feign. 
Beneath these boughs he told his pain, 
Or coaxing here his nymph by night, 
Forsook the parlour and the light. 
In talking love, his greatest bliss 
To squeeze her hand or steal a kiss — 
These trees that thus have lent their shade, 
And many a happy couple made, 
These old companions, thus endeared, 
Who never tattled what they heard. 
Must these, indeed, be killed so soon — 
Be murdered by the tenth of June ! 



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" But if my harmless trees must fall, 
A fortune that awaits us all, 
(All, all must yield to Nature's stroke, 
And now a man, and now an oak) 
Are those that round the churches grow 
In this decree included too? 
Must these, like common trees, be bled ? 
Is it a crime to shade the dead? 
Review the law, I pray, at least, 
And have some mercy on the priest 
Who every Sunday sweats in black 
To make us steer the skyward track : 
The church has lost enough, God knows. 
Plundered alike by friends and foes — 
I hate such mean attempts as these — 
Come — let the parson keep his trees! 

' ' Yet things, perhaps, are not so bad — 
Perhaps, a respite may be had : 
The vilest rogues that cut our throats. 
Or knaves that counterfeit our notes. 
When, by the judge their sentence passed, 
The gallows proves their doom at last. 
Swindlers and pests of every kind. 
For weeks and months a respite find ; 
And shall such nuisances as they, 
Who make all honest men their prey — 
Shall they for months avoid their doom, 
And you, my trees, in all your bloom. 
Who never injured small or great. 
Be murdered at so short a date ! 

' ' Ye men of law, the occasion seize. 
And name a counsel for the trees — 
Arrest of judgment, sirs, I pray ; 
Excuse them till some future day : 



56 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

These trees that such a nuisance are, 
Next New-Year we can better spare, 
To warm our shins, or boil the pot — 
The Law, by then, will be forgot." 



TO THE PUBLIC^ 

This age is so fertile of mighty events. 

That people complain, with some reason, no doubt, 

Besides the time lost, and besides the expence. 

With reading the papers they're fairly worn out ; 

The past is no longer an object of care, 

The present consumes all the time they can spare. 

Thus grumbles the reader, but still he reads on 
With his pence and his paper unwilling to part : 
He sees the world passing, men going and gone. 
Some riding in coaches, and some in a cart : 
For a peep at the farce a subscription he'll give, — 
Revolutions must happen, and printers must live : 

For a share of your favour we aim with the rest : 
To enliven the scene we'll exert all our skill, 
What we have to impart shall be some of the best, 
And Multum in Parvo our text, if you will ; 
Since we never admitted a clause in our creed. 
That the greatest employment of life is — to read. 

The king of the French and the queen of the North 
At the head of the play, for the season. We find : 

'First published in number one of the National Ga::.ette, October 31, 1791, 
under the title " Poetical Address to the Public of the United States." It was 
Freneau's salutatory at the beginning of his new career in Philadelphia. Text from 
the edition of 1795. The poem was omitted from the edition of 1809. 



1797] LINES 57 

From the spark that we kindled, a flame has gone forth 
To astonish the world and enlighten mankind : 
With a code of new doctrines the universe rings, 
And Paine is addressing strange sermons to kings. 

Thus launch'd, as we are, on the ocean of news, 
In hopes that your pleasure our pains will repay, 
All honest endeavours the author will use 
To furnish a feast for the grave and the gay : 
At least he'll essay such a track to pursue 
That the world shall approve — and his news shall be true. 



LINES 1 

By H. Salem, on his Return from Calcutta 

Your men of the land, from the king to Jack Ketch, 
All join in supposing the sailor a wretch. 
That his life is a round of vexation and woe, 
With always too much or too little to do : 
In the dead of the night, when other men sleep. 
He, starboard and larboard, his watches must keep ; 
Imprisoned by Neptune, he lives like a dog. 
And to know where he is, must depend on a Log, 
Must fret in a calm, and be sad in a storm ; 
In winter much trouble to keep himself warm : 
Through the heat of the summer pursuing his trade. 
No trees, but his topmasts, to yield him a shade : 
Then, add to the list of the mariner's evils. 
The water corrupted, the bread full of weevils, 

1 Published in the National Gazette, November 14, 1 791, under the title " A 
Mistake Rectified." Included in the 1795 edition with the title, "Epistle to a 
Desponding Sea-man." Text from the edition of 1809. It is very doubtful if 
Freneau ever sailed to Calcutta. 



58 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Salt junk to be eat, be it better or worse, 
And, often bull beef of an Irishman's horse : 
Whosoever is free, he must still be a slave, 
(Despotic is always the rule on the wave;) 
Not relished on water, your lords of the main 
Abhor the republican doctrines of Paine, 
And each, like the despot of Prussia, may say 
That his crew has no right, but the right to obey. 

Such things say the lubbers, and sigh when they've 
said 'em. 
But things are not so bad as their fancies persuade 'em : 
There ne'er was a task but afforded some ease. 
Nor a calling in life, but had something to please. 
If the sea has its storms, it has also its calms, 
A time to sing songs and a time to sing psalms. — 
Yes — give me a vessel well timbered and sound, 
Her bottom good plank, and in rigging well found. 
If her spars are but staunch, and her oakham swelled 

tight, 
From tempests and storms I'll extract some delight — 
At sea I would rather have Neptune my jailor, 
Than a lubber on shore, that despises a sailor. 
Do they ask me what pleasure I find on the sea? — 
Why, absence from land is a pleasure to me : 
A hamper of porter, and plenty of grog, 
A friend, when too sleepy, to give me a jog, 
A coop that will always some poultry afford, 
Some bottles of gin, and no parson on board, 
A crew that is brisk when it happens to blow, 
One compass on deck and another below, 
A girl, with more sense than the girl at the head, 
To read me a novel, or make up my bed — 
The man that has these, has a treasure in store 
That millions possess not, who live upon shore : 
But if it should happen that commerce grew dull, 



1797] MODERN DEVOTION 59 

Or Neptune, ill-humoured, should batter our hull. 

Should damage my cargo, or heave me aground. 

Or pay me with farthings instead of a pound : 

Should I always be left in the rear of the race, 

And this be forever — forever the case; 

Why then, if the honest plain truth I may tell, 

I would clew up my topsails, and bid him farewell. 



MODERN DEVOTION 1 

[By H. Salem] 

To church I went, with good intent. 
To hear Sangrado preach and pray ; 
But objects there, black, brown and fair, 
Turned eyes and heart a different way. 

Miss Patty's fan. Miss Molly's man, 
With powdered hair and dimple cheek ; 
Miss Bridget's eyes, that once made prize 
Of Fopling with his hair so sleek : 

Embroidered gowns, and play-house tunes 
Estranged all hearts from heaven too wide : 
I felt most odd, this house of God 
Should all be flutter, pomp, and pride. 

Now, pray be wise, no prayers will rise 
To heaven — where hearts are not sincere. 
No church was made for Cupid's trade ; 
Then why these arts of ogling here ? 

Since time draws nigh, when you and I, 
At church, must claim the sexton's care ! — 
Leave pride at home, when'er you come 
To pay to heaven your offerings, there ! 

' Published in the National Gazette, December 5, I79I- Text from the edi- 
tion of 1809. 



6o POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

THE COUNTRY PRINTER' 

I. 

DESCRIPTION OF HIS VILLAGE 

Beside a stream, that never yet ran dry, 

There stands a Town, not high advanced in fame ; 

Tho' few its buildings raised to please the eye, 

Still this proud title it may fairly claim ; 

A Tavern (its first requisite) is there, 

A mill, a black-smith's shop, a place of prayer. 

Nay, more — a little market-house is seen 
And iron hooks, where beef was never hung, 
Nor pork, nor bacon, poultry fat or lean. 
Pig's head, or sausage link, or bullock's tongue : 
Look when you will, you see the vacant bench 
No butcher seated there, no country wench. 

Great aims were his, who first contriv'd this town ; 
A market he would have — but, humbled now. 
Sighing, we see its fabric mouldering down. 
That only serves, at night, to pen the cow : 
And hence, by way of jest, it may be said 
That beef is there, tho' never beef that's dead. 

Abreast the inn — a tree before the door, 
A Printing- Office lifts its humble head 
Where busy Type old journals doth explore 
For news that is thro' all the village read ; 
Who, year from year, (so cruel is his lot) 
Is author, pressman, devil — and what not? 

1 Published in four installments in the National Gazette, beginning December 
19, 1 79 1. Issued in pamphlet form, together with "The Village Merchant," in 
1794. Republished only in the edition of 1795, ''^^ '^''t °f which I have fol- 
lowed. 



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Fame says he is an odd and curious wight, 
Fond to distraction of this native place ; 
In sense, not very dull nor very bright, 
Yet shews some marks of humour in his face. 
One who can pen an anecdote, complete. 
Or plague the parson with the mackled sheet. 

Three times a week, by nimble geldings drawn 
A stage arrives ; but scarcely deigns to stop, 
Unless the driver, far in liquor gone. 
Has made some business for the black-smith-shop ; 
Then comes this printer's harvest-time of news, 
Welcome alike from Christians, Turks, or Jews. 

Each passenger he eyes with curious glance, 
And, if his phiz be mark'd of courteous kind, 
To conversation, straight, he makes advance. 
Hoping, from thence, some paragraph to find. 
Some odd adventure, something new and rare, 
To set the town a-gape, and make it stare. 

n. 

All is not Truth ('tis said) that travellers tell — 

So much the better for this man of news ; 

For hence the country round, that know him well. 

Will, if he prints some lies, his lies excuse. 

Earthquakes, and battles, shipwrecks, myriads slain — 

If false or true — alike to him are gain. 

But if this motley tribe say nothing new, 
Then many a lazy, longing look is cast 
To watch the weary post-boy travelling through, 
On horse's rump his budget buckled fast ; 
With letters, safe in leathern prison pent. 
And, wet from press, full many a packet sent. 



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Not Argus with his fifty pair of eyes 

Look'd sharper for his prey than honest Type 

Explores each package, of alluring size, 

Prepar'd to seize them with a nimble gripe, 

Did not the post-boy watch his goods, and swear 

That village Type shall only have his share. 

Ask you what matter fills his various page ? 
A mere farrago 'tis, of mingled things ; 
Whate'er is done on Madam Terra's stage 
He to the knowledge of his townsmen brings : 
One while, he tells of monarchs run away ; 
And now, of witches drown'd in Buzzard's bay. 

Some miracles he makes, and some he steals ; 
Half Nature's works are giants in his eyes : 
Much, very much, in wonderment he deals, — 
New- Hampshire apples grown to pumpkin size, 
Pumpkins almost as large as country inns. 
And ladies bearing, each, — three lovely twins. 

He, births and deaths with cold indifference views ; 
A paragraph from him is all they claim : 
And here the rural squire, amongst the news 
Sees the fair record of some lordling's fame ; 
All that was good, minutely brought to light, 
All that was ill, — conceal'd from vulgar sight! 

HI. 

THE OFFICE 

Source of the wisdom of the country round ! 
Again I turn to that poor lonely shed 
Where many an author all his fame has found. 
And wretched proofs by candle-light are read. 
Inverted letters, left the page to grace, 
Colons derang'd, and commas out of place. 



1797] THE COUNTRY PRINTER 63 

Beneath this roof the Muses chose their home ; — 
Sad was their choice, less bookish ladies say. 
Since from the blessed hour they deign'd to come 
One single cob-web was not brush'd away : — 
Fate early had pronounc'd this building's doom, 
Ne'er to be vex'd with boonder, brush, or broom. 

Here, full in view, the ink-bespangled press 

Gives to the world its children, with a groan. 

Some born to live a month — a day — some less; 

Some, why they live at all, not clearly known. 

All that are born must die — Type well knows that — 

The Almanack's his longest-living brat. 

Here lie the types, in curious order rang'd 
Ready alike to imprint your prose or verse ; 
Ready to speak (their order only chang'd) 
Creek-Indian lingo, Dutch, or Highland Erse ; 
These types have printed Erskine's Gospel Treat, 
Tom Durfey's songs, and Bunyan's works, complete. 

But faded are their charms — their beauty fled ! 
No more their work your nicer eyes admire ; 
Hence, from this press no courtly stuff is read ; 
But almanacks, and ballads for the Squire, 
Dull paragraphs, in homely language dress'd. 
The pedlar's bill, and sermons by request. 

Here, doom'd the fortune o'f the press to try. 

From year to year poor Type his trade pursues — 

With anxious care and circumspective eye 

He dresses out his little sheet of news ; 

Now laughing at the world, now looking grave. 

At once the Muse's midwife — and her slave. 

In by-past years, perplext with vast designs. 
In cities fair he strove to gain a seat ; 
But, wandering to a wood of many pines. 



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In solitude he found his best retreat, 
When sick of towns, and sorrowful at heart, 
He to those deserts brought his favorite art. 

IV. 

Thou, who art plac'd in some more favour'd spot. 
Where spires ascend, and ships from every clime 
Discharge their freights — despise not thou the lot 
Of humble Type, who here has pass'd his prime ; 
At case and press has labour'd many a day. 
But now, in years, is verging to decay. 

He, in his time, the patriot of his town. 

With press and pen attack'd the royal side. 

Did what he could to pull their Lion down, 

Clipp'd at his beard, and twitch'd his sacred hide, 

Mimick'd his roarings, trod upon his toes. 

Pelted young whelps, and tweak'd the old one's nose. 

Rous'd by his page, at church or court-house read, 
From depths of woods the willing rustics ran. 
Now by a priest, and now some deacon led 
With clubs and spits to guard the rights of man ; 
Lads from the spade, the pick-ax, or the plough. 
Marching afar, to fight Burgoyne or Howe. 

Where are they now ? — the Village asks with grief. 

What were their toils, their conquests, or their gains? — 

Perhaps, they near some State-House beg relief, 

Perhaps, they sleep on Saratoga's plains ; 

Doom'd not to live, their country to reproach 

For seven-years' pay transferr'd to Mammon's coach. 

Ye Guardians of your country and her laws ! 
Since to the pen and press so much we owe 
Still bid them favour freedom's sacred cause. 



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From this pure source, let streams unsullied flow ; 
Hence, a new order grows on reason's plan. 
And turns the fierce barbarian into — man. 

Child of the earth, of rude materials fram'd, 
Man, always found a tyrant or a slave, 
Fond to be honour'd, valued, rich, or fam'd 
Roves o'er the earth, and subjugates the wave : 
Despots and kings this restless race may share, — 
But knowledge only makes them worth your care ! 



SEVENTEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-ONE' 

Great things have pass'd the last revolving year ; 
France on a curious jaunt has seen her king go, — 
Hush'd are the growlings of the Russian bear. 
Rebellion has broke loose in St. Domingo — 
Sorry we are that Pompeys, Ca3sars, Catos 
Are mostly found with Negroes and Mulattoes. 

Discord, we think, must always be the lot 

Of this poor world — nor is that discord vain. 

Since, if these feuds and fisty-cuffs were not, 

Full many an honest Type would starve — that's plain ; 

Wars are their gain, whatever cause is found — 

Empires — or Cats-skins brought from Nootka-sound. 

The Turks, poor fellows ! have been sadly baisted — 
And many a Christian despot stands, contriving 
Who next shall bleed — what country next be wasted — 
This is the trade by which they get their living : 
From Prussian Frederick, this the general plan 
To Empress Kate — that burns the Rights of Man, 

1 1 have found this only in the edition of 1795. 
S 



66 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

The Pope (at Rome) is in a sweat, they tell us ; 
Of freedom's pipe he cannot bear the music, 
And worst of all when Frenchmen blow the bellows, 
Enough almost (he thinks) to make a Jew sick : 
His Priesthood too, black, yellow, white, and grey. 
All think it best to keep — the good old way. 

Britain, (fame whispers) has unrigg'd her fleet — 
Now tell us what the world will do for thunder? — 
Battles, fire, murder, maiming, and defeat 
Are at an end when Englishmen knock under : 
Sulphur will now in harmless squibs be spent. 
Lightning will fall — full twenty five per cent. 



LINES 1 

Written on a Puncheon of Jamaica Spirits 

Within these wooden walls, confined, 
The ruin lurks of human kind ; 
More mischiefs here, united, dwell. 
And more diseases haunt this cell 
Than ever plagued the Egyptian flocks. 
Or ever cursed Pandora's box. 

Within these prison-walls repose 
The seeds of many a bloody nose ; 
The chattering tongue, the horrid oath ; 

1 Published in the National Gazette for January 23, 1792, introduced by a short 
essay upon country taverns. The following is an extract : 

" Happy would it be for every community if ardent spirits could be banished 
from amongst them. ... I shall conclude these observations with some lines 
written last winter at a country tavern, where from the introduction of a single /a^ 
of rum, conviviality and good humour were changed into madness and brutality, and 
numbers of the guests, who came, perhaps, only to pass a social hour, went away 
maimed, muttering, and lastingly embittered against each other. ' ' The poem ap- 
peared in the edition of 1795 with the title "The Jug of Rum." Text from the 
edition of 1809. 



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The fist for fighting, nothing loth ; 
The passion quick, no words can tame, 
That bursts like sulphur into flame ; 
The nose with diamonds glowing red. 
The bloated eye, the broken head ! 

Forever fastened be this door — 
Confined within, a thousand more 
Destructive fiends of hateful shape. 
Even now are plotting an escape, 
Here, only by a cork restrained. 
In slender walls of wood contained. 
In all their dirt of death reside 
Revenge, that ne'er was satisfied ; 
The tree that bears the deadly fruit 
Of murder, maiming, and dispute ; 
Assault, that innocence assails, 
The Images of gloomy jails 
The Giddy Thought, on mischief bent. 
The midnight hour, in folly spent. 
All These within this cask appear. 
And Jack, the hangman, in the rear ! 

Thrice happy he, who early taught 
By Nature, ne'er this poison sought ; 
Who, friendly to his own repose. 
Treads under foot this worst of foes, — 
He, with the purling stream content. 
The beverage quaffs that Nature meant ; 
In Reason's scale his actions weighed. 
His spirits want no foreign aid — 
Not swell'd too high, or sunk too low. 
Placid, his easy minutes flow ; 
Long life is his, in vigour pass'd, 
Existence, welcome to the last, 
A spring, that never yet grew stale — 
Such virtue lies in — Adam's Ale ! 



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THE PARTING GLASS ^ 

[Written at an Inn. By Hezekiah Salem. J 

The man that joins in life's career 
And hopes to find some comfort here ; 
To rise above this earthly mass, 
The only way's to drink his Glass. 

But, still, on this uncertain stage. 
Where hopes and fears the soul engage ; 
And while, amid the joyous band. 
Unheeded flows the measured sand. 
Forget not as the moments pass, 
That Time shall bring the parting glass ! 

In spite of all the mirth I've heard. 
This is the glass I always feared ; 
The glass that would the rest destroy. 
The farewell cup, the close of joy ! 

With You, whom Reason taught to think, 
I could, for ages, sit and drink : 
But with the fool, the sot, the ass, 
I haste to take the parting glass. 

The luckless wight, that still delays 
His draught of joys to future days. 
Delays too long — for then, alas ! 
Old age steps up, and — breaks the glass! 

The nymph, who boasts no borrowed charms. 
Whose sprightly wit my fancy warms ; 
What tho' she tends this country inn. 
And mixes wine, and deals out gin ? 

'Published in the National Gazette, May 10, 1790. Text from the 1809 
edition. 



1797] THE PARTING GLASS 69 

With such a kind, obHging lass 
I sigh, to take the parting glass. 

With him, who always talks of gain, 
(Dull Momus, of the plodding train) — 
The wretch, who thrives by others' woes, 
And carries grief where'er he goes : — 
With pqople of this knavish class 
The first is still my parting glass. 

With those that drink before they dine — 
With him that apes the grunting swine, 
Who fills his page with low abuse, 
And strives to act the gabbling goose 
Turned out by fate to feed on grass — 
Boy, give me quick, the parting glass. 

The man, whose friendship is sincere. 
Who knows no guilt, and feels no fear : — 
It would require a heart of brass 
With him to take the parting glass ! 

With him, who quaffs his pot of ale ; 
Who holds to all an even scale ; 
Who hates a knave, in each disguise. 
And fears him not — whate'er his size — 
With him, well pleased my days to pass. 
May heaven forbid the Parting Glass ! 



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A WARNING TO AMERICA ^ 

Removed from Europe's feuds, a hateful scene 
(Thank heaven, such wastes of ocean roll between) 
Where tyrant kings in bloody schemes combine, 
And each forbodes in tears, Man is no longer mine ! 
Glad we recall the Day that bade us first 
Spurn at their power, and shun their wars accurst ; 
Pitted and gaffed no more for England's glory 
Nor made the tag-rag-bobtail of their story. 

Something still wrong in every system lurks. 

Something imperfect haunts all human works — 

Wars must be hatched, unthinking men to fleece, 

Or we, this day, had been in perfect peace, 

With double bolts our Janus' temple shut. 

Nor terror reigned through each back-woods-man's hut, 

No rattling drums assailed the peasant's ear 

Nor Indian yells disturbed our sad frontier, 

Nor gallant chiefs, 'gainst Indian hosts combined 

Scaped from the trap — to leave their tails behind. 

Peace to all feuds ! — and come the happier day 
When Reason's sun shall light us on our way ; 
When erring man shall all his Rights retrieve. 
No despots rule him, and no priests deceive, 
Till then, Columbia ! — watch each stretch of power. 
Nor sleep too soundly at the midnight hour, 
By flattery won, and lulled by soothing strains, 
Silenus took his nap — and waked in chains — 
In a soft dream of smooth delusion led 
Unthinking Gallia bowed her drooping head 
To tyrants' yokes — and met such bruises there. 
As now must take three ages to repair. 

• Written for July 4th, 1792, and published in the National Gazette under the 
title " Independence." Text from the edition of 1809. 



1797] THE DISH OF TEA 7 1 

Then keep the paths of dear bought freedom clear, 
Nor slavish systems grant admittance here. 

[1792] 



THE DISH OF TEA^ 

Let some in beer place their delight, 
O'er bottled porter waste the night. 

Or sip the rosy wine : 
A dish of Tea more pleases me. 
Yields softer joys, provokes less noise, 

And breeds no base design. 

From China's groves, this present brought. 
Enlivens every power of thought, 

Riggs many a ship for sea : 
Old maids it warms, young widows charms ; 
And ladies' men, not one in ten 

But courts them for their Tea. 

When throbbing pains assail my head. 
And dullness o'er my brain is spread, 

(The muse no longer kind) 
A single sip dispels the hyp : 
To chace the gloom, fresh spirits come, 

The flood-tide of the mind. 

When worn with toil, or vext with care. 
Let Susan but this draught prepare. 

And I forget my pain. 
This magic bowl revives the soul ; 
With gentlest sway, bids care be gay ; 

Nor mounts, to cloud the brain. 

'Published in the National Gazette, July 7, 1792. Text from the 1809 
edition. 



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If learned men the truth would speak 
They prize it far beyond their Greek, 

More fond attention pay ; 
No Hebrew root so well can suit ; 
More quickly taught, less dearly bought. 

Yet studied twice a day. 

This leaf, from distant regions sprung, 
Puts life into the female tongue. 

And aids the cause of love. 
Such power has Tea o'er bond and free ; 
Which priests admire, delights the 'squire, 

And Galen's sons approve. 



ON THE FOURTEENTH OF JULY' 

A Day ever Memorable to Regenerated France 

Bright Day,^ that did to France restore 
What priests and kings had seiz'd away, 
That bade her generous sons disdain 
The fetters that their fathers wore. 
The titled slave, a tyrant's sway, 
That ne'er shall curse her soil again ! 

I This was published in ^s National Gazette, July 14, 1792, introduced as 
follows : 

"Odes on Various Subjects. 

" HE who does not read in the book of the Odes, is like a man standing with 
his face flat against u wall : he can neither move forward, nor stir an inch 
backward. — 

Hau Kiou Choaan. " 

This was Ode I of the series. It was republished only in the edition of 1795, 
the text of which I have followed. 

« On July 14, 1789, the French people made their first armed stand against 
monarchial institutions, attacking and destroying the Bastile. 



1797] ON THE FOURTEENTH OF JULY 73 

Bright day ! a partner in thy joy, 
Columbia hails the rising sun, 
She feels her toils, her blood repaid. 
When fiercely frantic to destroy, 
(Proud of the laurels he had won) 
The Briton, here, unsheath'd his blade. 

By traitors driven to ruin's brink 
Fair Freedom dreads united knaves, 
The world must fall if she must bleed ; — 
And yet, by heaven ! I'm proud to think 
The world was ne'er subdued by slaves — 
Nor shall the hireling herd succeed. 

Boy ! fill the generous goblet high ; 
Success to France, shall be the toast : 
The fall of kings the fates foredoom. 
The crown decays, its' splendours die ; 
And they, who were a nation's boast. 
Sink, and expire in endless gloom. 

Thou, stranger, from a distant shore,* 
Where fetter'd men their rights avow. 
Why on this joyous day so sad? 
Louis insults with chains no more, — 
Then why thus wear a clouded brow. 
When every manly heart is glad ? 

Some passing days and rolling years 
May see the wrath of kings display'd, 
Their wars to prop the tarnish'd crown ; 
But orphans' groans, and widows' tears. 
And justice lifts her shining blade 
To bring the tottering bauble down. 

[1792] 

* Addressed to the Aristocrats from Hispaniola. — Freneau's note. 



74 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

TO CRISPIN O'CONNER 

A Back-Woodsman 1 
[Supposed to be written by Hezekiah Salem] 

Wise was your plan when twenty years ago 
From Patrick's isle you first resolved to stray, 
Where lords and knights, as thick as rushes grow, 
And vulgar folks are in each other's way ; 

Where mother-country acts the step-dame's part. 
Cuts off, by aid of hemp, each petty sinner, 
And twice or thrice in every score of years 
Hatches sad wars to make her brood the thinner. 

How few aspire to quit the ungrateful soil 
That starves the plant it had the strength to bear : 
How many stay, to grieve, and fret, and toil. 
And view the plenty that they must not share. 

This you beheld, and westward set your nose. 
Like some bold prow, that ploughs the Atlantic foam, 
And left less venturous weights, like famished crows, — 
To feed on hog-peas, hips, and haws, at home. 

Safe landed here, not long the coast detained 
Your wary steps: — but wandering on, you found 
Far in the west, a paltry spot of land. 
That no man envied, and that no man owned. 

A woody hill, beside a dismal bog — 

This was your choice ; nor were you much to blame : 

And here, responsive to the croaking frog, 

You grubbed, and stubbed, and feared no landlord's claim. 

' Published in the National Gazette, July 18, 1792, as Ode II in " Odes on 
Various Subjects." Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] CRISPIN'S ANSWER 75 

An axe, an adze, a hammer, and a saw ; 

These were the tools, that built your humble shed : 

A cock, a hen, a mastiff, and a cow : 

These were your subjects, to this desert led. 

Now times are changed — and labour's nervous hand 
Bids harvests rise where briars and bushes grew ; 
The dismal bog, by lengthy sluices drained, 
Supports no more hoarse captain Bull Frog's crew. — 

Prosper your toil! — but, friend, had you remained 
In lands, where starred and gartered nobles shine, 
When you had, thus, to sixty years attained. 
What different fate, 'Squire Crispin, had been thine ! 

Nine pence a day, coarse fare, a bed of boards. 
The midnight loom, high rents, and excised beer ; 
Slave to dull squires, kings' brats, and hufhsh lords, 
(Thanks be to Heaven) not yet in fashion here ! 



CRISPIN'S ANSWER 

Much pleased am I, that you approve 
Freedom's blest cause that brought me here : 
Ireland I loved — but there they strove 
To make me bend to King and Peer. 

I could not bow to noble knaves. 
Who Equal Rights to men deny : 
Scornful, I left a land of slaves. 
And hither came, my axe to ply : 

The axe has well repaid my toil — 
No king, no priest, I yet espy 
To tythe my hogs, to tax my soil, 
And suck my whiskey bottle dry. 



76 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

In foreign lands what snares are laid ! 
There royal rights all right defeat ; 
They taxed my sun, they taxed my shade, 
They taxed the offal that I eat. 

They taxed my hat, they taxed my shoes, 
Fresh taxes still on taxes grew ; 
They would have taxed my very nose, 
Had I not fled, dear friends, to you. 



TO SHYLOCK AP-SHENKIN^ 

Since the day I attempted to print a gazette, 
This Shylock Ap-Shenkin does nothing but fret : 
Now preaching and screeching, then nibbling and scrib- 
bling, 
Remarking and barking, and whining and pining, and still 

in a pet. 
From morning 'till night, with my humble gazette. 

Instead of whole columns our page to abuse, 
Your readers would rather be treated with News : 
While wars are a-brewing, and kingdoms undoing, 
While monarchs are falling, and princesses squalling. 
While France is reforming, and Irishmen storming — 
In a glare of such splendour, what folly to fret 
At so humble a thing as a poet's Gazette ! 

No favours I ask'd from your friends in the East : 
On your wretched soup-meagre I left them to feast ; 

' Text from the edition of 1795. First published in the National Gazette, July 
28, 1792, as number three of the Odes. In this, its earliest version, the opening 
line was " Since the day we attempted the Nation's Gazette." Before the title 
was the following : " Note well — the following is to be sung or said as occasion 
may require." Not reprinted in 1809. 



1797] TO SHYLOCK AP-SHENKIN jy 

So many base lies you have sent them in print, 
That scarcely a man at our paper will squint : — 
And now you begin (with a grunt and a grin, 
With the bray of an ass, and a visage of brass. 
With a quill in your hand and a Lie in your mouth) 
To play the same trick on the men of the South ! 

One Printer for Congress (some think) is enough. 
To flatter, and lie, to palaver, and puff, 
To preach up in favour of monarchs and titles. 
And garters, and ribbands, to prey on our vitals : 

Who knows but Pomposo will give it in fee. 
Or make mister Shenkin the Grand Patentee ! ! ! 
Then take to your scrapers, ye Republican Papers, 
No rogue shall go snacks — and the News-Paper Tax 
Shall be puff'd to the skies, as a measure most wise — 
So, a spaniel, when master is angry, and kicks it. 
Sneaks up to his shoe, and submissively licks it. 



78 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



TO MY BOOK" 

Seven years are now elaps'd, dear rambling volume, 

Since, to all knavish wights a foe, 

I sent you forth to vex and gall 'em. 

Or drive them to the shades below : 

With spirit, still, of Democratic proof, 

And still despising Shylock's canker'd hoof : 

What doom the fates intend, is hard to say. 

Whether to live to some far-distant day. 

Or sickening in your prime. 

In this bard-baiting clime. 

Take pet, make wings, say prayers, and flit away. 

"Virtue, order, and religion, 

" Haste, and seek some other region ; 

' ' Your plan is laid, to hunt them down, 

'■ First published in the National Gazette, August 4, 1 792, as Ode IV in the 
series, "Odes on Various Subjects." It bore the title "To the National 
Gazette." The opening stanza was as follows : 

" Nine months are now elaps'd, dear rambling paper. 
Since 6rst on this world's stage you cut your caper 
With spirit still of democratic proof, 
And still despising Whaacum' s canker'd hoof — 
What doom the fates decree, is hard to say, 
Whether to live to some far distant day, 

Or sickening in your prime 

In this news-taxing clime, 
Take pet, make wings, say prayers, and flit away. 

AIR. 

Virtue, Order, and Religion,'* 
Haste and seek some other region, ' ' etc. 
" * ' The National Gazette is — the vehicle of party spleen and opposition 
to the great principles of order, virtue, and religion.' Gaz. U. States." 

The poem was revised for the edition of 179S, so as to refer to the edition of 
1788, issued seven years before the edition of 1795. It was not published in 1809. 



1797] STANZAS 79 

' Destroy the mitre, rend the gown, 
'And that vile hag, Philosophy, restore" — 
Did ever volume plan so much before? 

For seven years past, a host of busy foes 

Have buzz'd about your nose. 

White, black, and grey, by night and day ; 

Garbling, lying, singing, sighing: 

These eastern gales a cloud of insects bring 

That fluttering, snivelling, whimpering — on the wing — 

And, wafted still as discord's demon guides, 

Flock round the flame, that yet shall singe their hides. 

Well ! — let the fates decree whate'er they please : 
Whether you're doom'd to drink oblivion's cup. 
Or Praise-God Barebones eats you up. 
This I can say, you've spread your wings afar. 
Hostile to garter, ribbon, crown, and star ; 
Still on the people's, still on Freedom's side, 
With full determin'd aim, to baffle every claim 
Of well-born wights, that aim to mount and ride. 



STANZAS ' 



To the memory of two young persons (twin brothers), Robert Sevier 
and William Sevier, who were killed by the Savages on Cumber- 
land River, in North-Carolina, in attempting to assist a new 
settler, who was then passing the river with 
a numerous family 

In the same hour two lovely youths were born. 
Nature, with care, had moulded either clay : 

In the same hour, from this world's limits torn. 
The murderous Indian seiz'd their lives away. 

1 Published in the National Gazette, July 28, 1792, with a note explaining that 
the brothers were killed "on the 15th day of January last." 



8o POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Distress to aid, impell'd each generous breast ; 

With nervous arm they brav'd the adverse tide, 
In friendship's cause encounter'd death's embrace. 

Blameless they liv'd, in honour's path they died. 

But ah ! what art shall dry a father's tears ! 

Who shall relieve, or what beguile his pain ! 
Clouds shade his sun, and griefs advance with years — 

Nature gave joys, to take those joys again. 

Thou, that shall come to these sequester'd streams. 
When times to come their story shall relate ; 

Let the fond heart, that native worth esteems. 
Revere their virtues, and bemoan their fate. 



TO A PERSECUTED PHILOSOPHERS 

As Aristippus once, with weary feet. 

Pursued his way through polish'd Athens' street, 

Minding no business but his own ; 

Out rush'd a set of whelps 

With sun-burnt scalps, 

(Black, red, and brown,) 

That nipt his heels, and nibbled at his gown. 

While, with his staff, he kept them all at bay 

Some yelp'd aloud, some howl'd in dismal strain, 

Some wish'd the sage to bark again : — 

Even little Shylock seem'd to say, 

' ' Answer us, sir, in your best way : — 

"We are, 'tis true, a snarling crew, 

" But with our jaws have gain'd applause, 

"And — sir — can worry such as you." 

' First printed in the National Gazette, August 29, 1792, under the title, " An 
Old Heathen Story. Adapted to Modern Times." Republished only in the 
1795 edition. 



1797] TO AN ANGRY ZEALOT 8 1 

The sage beheld their spite with steady eye, 
And only stopp'd to make this short reply : 
"Hark ye, my dogs, I have not learn'd to yelp, 
' ' Nor waste my breath on every lousy whelp ; 
' ' Much less, to write, or stain my wholesome page 
" In answering puppies — bursting with their rage: 
" Hence to your straw ! — such contest I disdain : 

" Learn this, ('tis not amiss) 

" For Men I keep a pen, 

" For dogs, a cane!" 



TO AN ANGRY ZEALOT ' 

[In Answer to Sundry Virulent Charges] 

If of Religion I have made a sport. 
Then why not cite me to the Bishop's Court? 
Fair to the world let every page be set. 
And prove your charge from all I've said and writ: — 
What if this heart no narrow notions bind, 
Its pure good-will extends to all mankind : 
Suppose I ask no portion from your feast. 
Nor heaven-ward ride behind your parish priest. 
Because I wear not Shylock's Sunday face 
Must I, for that, be loaded with disgrace? 

The time has been, — the time, I fear, is now, 
When holy phrenzy would erect her brow, 

' Text from the edition of 1795- First published in the National Gazette, Sept. 
26, 1792, with the following introduction : " It is asserted in Mr. Russel's (Boston) 
Columbian Centinel of Sept. 12 (and copied into Mr. Fenno's Gazette of the 
United States of last Saturday) that ' the Clergy of this country are constantly vili- 
fied, and religion ridiculed through the medium of the National Gazette.^ The 
author of the assertion is requested to produce one or more passages from the 
National Gazette to support his charge, otherwise, we shall conclude it only a dirty 
attempt to prevent the circulation of the National Gazette in the Eastern States : 
— But further," here follows the poem. Not printed in edition of 1809.. 
6 



82 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

Round some poor wight with painted devils meet, 
And worse than Smithfield blaze through every street ; 
But wholesome laws prevent such horrid scenes, 
No more afraid of deacons and of deans, 
In this new world our joyful Psalm we sing 
That Even a Bishop is a Harmless Thing ! 



THE 
PYRAMID 

OF THE 

FIFTEEN AMERICAN STATES^ 

* 

* * 

* * * 

* * * * 

***** 

Barbara Pyramidum sileat miracula Memphis ; * 

Heu, male servili marmora structa manu ! 
Libera jam, ruptis, Atlantias ora, catenis, 

Jactat opus Phario marmore nobilius : 
Namque Columbiadae, facti monumenta parantes, 

Vulgarem spernunt sumere materiam ; 
Magnanimi coelum scandunt, perituraque saxa 

Quod vincat, celsa de Jovis arce petunt. 
Audax inde cohors stellis E Pluribus Unum 

Ardua Pyramidos toUit ad astra caput. 
Ergo, Tempus edax, quamvis durissima sasvo 

Saxa domas morsu, nil ibi juris babes : 
Dumque polo solitis cognata nitoribus ardent 

Sidera fulgebit Pyramis ilia suis ! 

* The Latin verses were written by Mr. John Carey, formerly of Philadelphia. 
— Freneau's note. 

'Published in the National Gazette, Dec. 15, 1792. The Latin verses had 
been contributed several weeks before with the request that some reader of the 
paper furnish a translation. Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] PYRAMID OF THE AMERICAN STATES 83 

[In Imitation of the Preceding Lines] 
No more let barbarous Memphis boast 

Huge structures reared by servile hands — 
A nation on the Atlantic coast 

Fettered no more in foreign bands, 
A nobler Pyramid displays 
Than Egypt's tyranny could raise. 

Columbia's sons, to extend the fame 

Of their exploits to future years, 
No marble from the quarry claim, 

But, soaring to the starry spheres. 
Materials seek in Jove's blue sky 
To endure when brass and marble die ! 

Arrived among the shining host. 
Fearless, the proud invaders spoil 

From countless gems, in aether lost. 

These Stars, to crown their mighty toil: 

To heaven a Pyramid they rear 

And point the summit with a star. 

Old wasteful Time ! though still you gain 

Dominion o'er the brazen tower. 
On This your teeth will gnaw in vain. 

Finding its strength beyond their power : 
While kindred stars in sether glow. 
This Pyramid will shine below ! 

[1792] 



84 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

ON THE DEMOLITION OF THE 

FRENCH MONARCHY 1 

From Bourbon's brow the crown remov'd, 
Low in the dust is laid ; 
And, parted now from all she lov'd, 
Maria's * beauties fade : 

What shall relieve her sad distress, 
What power recall that former state 
When drinking deep her seas of bliss, 
She smil'd and look'd so sweet ! — 
With aching heart and haggard eye 
She views the palace, f towering high, 
Where, once, were pass'd her brightest days. 
And nations stood, in wild amaze, 
Louis ! to see you eat. 

This gaudy vision to restore 

Shall fate its laws repeal, 

And cruel despots rise once more 

To plan a new Bastille ! 

Shall, from their sheathes, ten thousand blades ^ 

* Maria Antoinette, late queen of France. — Freneau!s note. 

f Thuilleries — within view of which the royal family of France were at this 
time imprisoned. • — • 1792. — lb. 

J Alluding to Mr. Edmund Burke's rant upon this subject. — lb. The poet 
here refers to the well-known passage in Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in 
France, published October, 1790, in which after describing the queen of France 
as he had seen her in 1 774 ^iid th^ ' ' prostrate homage ' ' which her nation had paid 
to her at that time, he dwells upon the contrast of 1789 : " Oh, what a revolution ! 
and what a heart must I have, to contemplate without emotion that elevation and 

[ Continued on page 85. ] 

'First published in the National Gazette, December 19, 1792, under the title 
"Present View of France and Her combined Enemies," and reproduced in the 
editions of 1795 and 1809. Text from the former edition. 



1797] DEMOLITION OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY 85 

In glittering vengeance start 

To mow down slaves, and slice off heads, 

Taking a monarch's part? — 

Ah no ! — the heavens this hope refuse ; 

Despots ! they send you no such news — 

Nor Conde, fierce, nor Frederick, stout, 

Nor Catharine brings this work about. 

Nor Brunswick's warlike art : 

Nor He, * that once, with fire and sword. 

This western world alarm'd : 

Throughout our clime whose thunders roar'd, 

Whose legions round us swarm'd — 

Once more his tyrant arm invades 

A race f that dare be free : 

His Myrmidons, with murdering blades. 

In one base cause agree ! — 

111 fate attend on every scheme 

That tends to darken Reason's beam : 

And, rising with gigantic might 

In Virtue's cause, I see unite 

Worlds, under Freedom's Tree ! , 

Valour, at length, by Fortune led, \P 

The Rights of Man restores ; 

And Gallia, now from bondage freed, 

Her rising sun adores : 

On Equal Rights, her fabric plann'd, 

that fall ! Little did I dream when she added titles of veneration to those of enthu- 
siastic, distant, respectful love, that she should ever be obliged to carry the sharp 
antidote against disgrace concealed in that bosom ; little did I dream that I should 
have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, in a 
nation of men of honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must 
have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with 
insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, oeconomists, and 
calculators has succeeded ; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. ' ' 

* George III. — Freneau' s note, 

■f The French Republicans. — lb. 



86 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Storms idly round it rave, 

No longer breathes in Gallic land 

A monarch, or a slave ! 

At distance far, and self-remov'd 

From all he own'd and all he lov'd. 

See ! — turn'd his back on Freedom's blaze. 

In foreign lands the Emigrant strays, 

Or finds an early grave ! 

EnroU'd with these — and close immur'd, 

The gallant chief* is found, 

That, once, admiring crowds ador'd. 

Through either world renown'd, 

Here, bold in arms, and firm in heart. 

He help'd to gain our cause. 

Yet could not from a tyrant part, 

But, turn'd to embrace his laws ! — 

Ah! hadst thou stay'd in fair Auvergne,f 

And Truth from Paine vouchsaf'd to learn ; 

There, happy, honour'd, and retir'd. 

Both hemispheres had still admir'd, 

Still crown'd you with applause. 

See ! — doom'd to fare on famish'd steeds, 

The rude Hungarians fly ; 

Brunswick, with drooping courage leads 

Death's meagre family : 

In dismal groups, o'er hosts of dead. 

Their madness they bemoan, 

No friendly hand to give them bread. 

No Thionville their own ! 

The Gaul, enrag'd as they retire. 

Hurls at their heads his blaze of fire — 

What hosts of Frederick's reeking crew 

* La Fayette ; at this time in the Prussian prison of Spandau. — Freneau' 5 note. 
■|- The province of France, where the Marquis' s family estate lay. — lb. 



r797] DEMOLITION OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY 87 

Dying, have bid the world adieu, 

To dogs their flesh been thrown ! 

Escap'd from death, a mangled train 

In scatter'd bands retreat : 

Where, bounding on Silesia's plain, 

The Despot * holds his seat ; 

With feeble step, I see them go 

The heavy news to tell 

Where Oder's lazy waters flow, 

Or glides the swift Moselle ; 

Where Rhine his various journey moves 

Through marshy lands and ruin'd groves. 

Or, where the vast Danubian flood 

(So often stain'd by Austrian blood) 

Foams with the autumnal swell. 

But shall they not some tidings bear 
Of Freedom's sacred flame, 
And shall not groaning millions hear 
The long abandon'd name ? — 
Through ages past, their spirits broke, 
I see them spurn old laws. 
Indignant, burst the Austrian yoke. 
And clip the Eagle's f claws : 
From shore to shore, from sea to sea 
They join, to set the wretched free. 
And, driving from the servile court 
Each titled slave — they help support 
The Democratic Cause ! 

O France ! the world to thee must owe 
A debt they ne'er can pay : 
The Rights of Man you bid them know. 
And kindle Reason's Day ! 

* The Monarch of Prussia. — Freneau' s note. 
f The imperial standard of Germany. — Jb. 



88 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [lygo 

Columbia, in your friendship blest, 

Your gallant deeds shall hail — 

On the same ground our fortunes rest, 

Must flourish, or must fail : 

But — should all Europe's slaves combine 

Against a cause so fair as thine, 

And Asia aid a league so base — 

Defeat would all their aims disgrace, 

And Liberty Prevail! 

Philadelphia, December 19, 1792. 



ON THE FRENCH REPUBLICANS ^ 

These gallant men that some so much despise 
Did not, like mushrooms, spring up in a night : 
By them instructed, France again shall rise, 
And every Frenchman learn his native right. 
American ! when in your country's cause 
You march'd, and dar'd the English lion's jaws, 
Crush'd Hessian slaves, and made their hosts retreat, 
Say, were you not Republican — complete? 

Forever banish'd, now, be prince and king, 
To Nations and to Laws our reverence due : 
And let not language to my memory bring, 
A word that might recall the infernal crew. 
Monarch ! — henceforth I blot it from my page, 
Monarchs and slaves too long disgrace this age ; 
But thou. Republican, that some disclaim, 
Shalt save a world, and damn a tyrant's fame. 

Friends to Republics, cross the Atlantic brine. 
Low in the dust see regal splendour laid : 
Hopeless forever, sleeps the Bourbon line 

' I have found this only in the 1 795 version. 



1797] PORTRAITS OF LOUIS AND ANTOINETTE 89 

Long practis'd adepts in the murdering trade ! 
With patriot care the nation's will expressing 
Republicans shall prove all Europe's blessing, 
Pull from his height each blustering Noble down 
And chace all modern Tarquins from the throne. 



ON THE PORTRAITS 

Of Louis and Antoinette, in the Senate Chamber '■ 

Discharg'd by France, no more the royal pair 
Claim from a nation's love a nation's care : 
Their splendid race no more a palace holds, — 
While Louis frets, Antonietta scolds ; 
Folly's sad victims, fortune's bitter sport, 
They take their stand among the " common sort," 
Doom'd through the world, in sad reverse, to roam. 
Perhaps — without a shelter or a home ! 

To shew our pity for their short-liv'd reign 
What shall we do, or how express our pain? 
Since for their persons no relief is found 
But cruel mobs degrade them to the ground, 
To shew how deeply we regret their fall 
We hang their portraits in our Senate Hall ! 

* Published Dec. 22, 1792, in the National Gazette and republished only in the 
1795 edition. "These large and elegantly framed pictures [of the King and 
Queen of France] arrived at Philadelphia in the ship Queen of France, being 
presents from the king. They were set up in the large committee-room of the 
senate, at the south-east comer of Sixth and Chestnut streets — thence went to 
Washington city, and were burned, I believe, by the British under General Ross." 
— Watson's Annals of Philadelphia. 



90 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



TO A REPUBLICAN 

With Mr. Paine' s Rights of Mani 

Thus briefly sketch'd the sacred Rights of Man, 
How inconsistent with the Royal Plan ! 
Which for itself exclusive honour craves, 
Where some are masters born, and millions slaves. 
With what contempt must every eye look down 
On that base, childish bauble call'd a crown, 
The gilded bait, that lures the crowd, to come, 
Bow down their necks, and meet a slavish doom ; 
The source of half the miseries men endure. 
The quack that kills them, while it seems to cure. 

Rous'd by the Reason of his manly page, 
Once more shall Paine a listening world engage : 
From Reason's source, a bold reform he brings, 
In raising up mankind, he pulls down kings, 
Who, source of discord, patrons of all wrong. 
On blood and murder have been fed too long : 
Hid from the world, and tutor'd to be base. 
The curse, the scourge, the ruin of our race, 
Theirs was the task, a dull designing few. 
To shackle beings that they scarcely knew, 
Who made this globe the residence of slaves, 
And built their thrones on systems form'd by knaves - 
Advance, bright years, to work their final fall. 
And haste the period that shall crush them all. 

Who, that has read and scann'd the historic page 
But glows, at every line, with kindling rage, 
To see by them the rights of men aspers'd, 
Freedom restrain'd, and Nature's law revers'd, 
Men, rank'd with beasts, by monarchs will'd away, 

'Text from the 1795 edition. 



1797] TO A REPUBLICAN 9 1 

And bound young fools, or madmen to obey : 
Now driven to wars, and now oppress'd at home, 
Compell'd in crowds o'er distant seas to roam. 
From India's climes the plundered prize to bring 
To glad the strumpet, or to glut the king. 
Columbia, hail ! immortal be thy reign : 
Without a king, we till the smiling plain ; 
Without a king, we trace the unbounded sea. 
And traffic round the globe, through each degree ; 
Each foreign clime our honour'd flag reveres. 
Which asks no monarch, to support the Stars : 
Without a king, the Laws maintain their sway. 
While honour bids each generous heart obey. 
Be ours the task the ambitious to restrain. 
And this great lesson teach — that kings are vain ; 
That warring realms to certain ruin haste. 
That kings subsist by war, and wars are waste : 
So shall our nation, form'd on Virtue's plan, 
Remain the guardian of the Rights of Man, 
A vast Republic, fam'd through every clime. 
Without a king, to see the end of time. 



92 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



ODE TO LIBERTY! 

Thou Liberty ! celestial light 
So long conceal'd from Gallic lands, 
Goddess, in ancient days ador'd 
By Gallia's conquering bands : 
Thou Liberty ! whom savage kings 
Have plac'd among forbidden things, 
Tho' still averse that man be free, 
Secret, they bow to Liberty — 
O, to my accents lend an ear. 
Blest object of each tyrant's fear. 
While I to modern days recall 
The Lyric muse of ancient Gaul. 

1 The Philadelphia General Advertiser of May 21, 1793, reports in full the 
"Republican dinner" given Genet, May 18, at which about one hundred citi- 
zens were present, chiefly "French, French- Americans, officers of the Frigate 
I'Embuscade, etc." The following is from this report : 

"After the third toast [The United States], an elegant ode, suited to the occa- 
sion, and composed by Citizen PiCHON, a young Frenchman of promising abilities, 
was read by Citizen DUPONCEAU, and universally applauded. The society, on 
motion, ordered that Citizen Freneau should be requested to translate it into 
English verse, and that the original and translation should be published. The 
society also unanimously voted that Citizen PiCHON should be recommended to 
the notice of the Minister. ' ' 

The French version of the Ode appeared in the Advertiser on May 27 ; the 
translation was printed May 31. Both ode and translation were published in 
the edition of 1795, '^^ ^^^^ °f which I have followed. It was not republished in 
1809. Following is the French text as it appeared in the Advertiser : 
Ode a la Liberte. 

By Citizen PiCHON, read at the late dinner given to Citizen 
Genet, by the French of this City. 

f\ TOI, dont I'auguste lumiere 

Si long tems avait fui nos yeux ! 
Toi, jadis I'idole premiere 
De mes invincibles ayeux, 
Liberte, qu'un tyran sauvage, 
A 1' instant meme qu'il t' outrage 



1797] OI)E TO LIBERTY 93 

Ere yet my willing voice obeys 

The transports of the heart, 

The goddess to my view displays 

A temple rear'd in ancient days, 

Fit subject for the muse's art. 

Now, round the world I cast my eye. 

With pain, its ruins I descry : 

This temple once to Freedom rais'd 

Thermopylae ! in thy fam'd strait — 

I see it to the dust debas'd. 

And servile chains, its fate ! 

In those fair climes, where freedom reign'd. 
Two thousand years degrade the Grecian name, 
I see them still enslav'd, enchain'd ; 
But France from Rome and Athens caught the 

flame — 
A temple now to heaven they raise 
Where nations bound in ties of peace 
With olive-boughs shall throng to praise 
The gallant Gaul, that bade all discord cease. 

Before this Pantheon, fair and tall. 
The piles of darker ages fall, 
And freemen here no longer trace 
The monuments of man's disgrace : 

Honore par des vceux secrets ; 
A mes accens prete I'oreille, 
Aujourdhui ma muse reveille 
L' antique lutte des vieux Frangais. 

Avant que ma voix obeisse 
Au transport que saisit mes sens, 
Montre moi deesse propice 
Un temple digne de mes chants ! 
Mon oeil a parcouru la terre 
J'y trouve a peine la pouissiere 
D' un dome a ton nom consacr6, 
Un tyran siege aux Thermopyles 
Et sous les chaines les plus viles 
Le capitole est encombr6. 



94 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Before its porch, at Freedom's tree 
Exalt the Cap of Liberty, 
The cap * that once Helvetia knew 
(The terror of the tyrant crew) 
And on our country's altar trace 
The features of each honour'd face — 
The men that strove for equal laws, 
Or perish'd, martyrs in their cause. 

Ye gallant chiefs, above all praise, 
Ye Brutuses of ancient days ! 
Tho' fortune long has strove to blast. 
Your virtues are repaid at last. 
Your heavenly feasts awhile forbear 
And deign to make my song your care ; 
My lyre a bolder note attains. 
And rivals old Tyrtceus' strains ; 
The ambient air returns the sound. 
And kindles rapture all around. 

Vingt siecles de honte et de chaines 
Ont pese sur ces lieux divins ; 
C'est nous qui de Rome et de I'Athenes 
Resusciterons les destins. 
Francais, soyons seuls notre exemple 
Qu'a ma voix on eleve un temple 
Ou tous les peuples a jamais 
Depouillant des haines sauvages 
Viennent de palmes et d' homages 
Couronner les heros Frau9ais. 

Devant ce Pantheon sublime 
Brisez ces palais infamans 
De nos opprobres et du crime 
Honteux et cruels monumens. 
Au pied de ses nobles portiques 
Plantez ces bonnets Helvetiques 
Devenus la terreur des rois ; 
Et sur I'autel de la patrie 
Gravez 1' honorable effigie 
Des martirs sacr^s de nos droits. 
* Which owes its origin to William Tell, the famous deliverer of Switzerland. — 
Freneau's note. 



1797] , ODE TO LIBERTY 95 

With thee begins the lofty theme, 

Eternal Nature — power supreme, 1 ii 

Who planted Freedom in the mind, I v^' "- - ' ^"' "^ 

The first great right of all mankind ; 

Too long presumptuous folly dar'd 

To veil our race from thy regard ; 

Tyrants on ignorance form'd their plan. 

And made their crimes, the crimes of man, 

Let victory but befriend our cause 

And reason deign to dictate laws ; 

And once mankind their rights reclaim 

And honour pay to thy great name. — 

But O ! what cries our joys molest. 
What discord drowns sweet music's feast ! 
What demon, from perdition, leads 
Night, fire and thunder o'er our heads ! 
In northern realms, prepar'd for fight, 
A thousand savage clans unite. — 

Vous m'entendez, manes augustes 
De Thrasibule et de Brutus ! 
Les Destins trop long terns injustes 
Couronnent enfin vos vertus — 
Paraissez, ombres adortes 
Venez de vos fetes sacr^es 
Remplir les sublimes concerts 
Deja ma lyre transport^e 
Rivale des chants de Tyrtie 
De ses sons etonne les airs. 

C'est par toi que I'hymne commence 
Maitre supreme, etre eternal ! 
Toi qui sis de 1' independance 
Le premier besoin du mortel. 
Long tems 1' ignorance et I'audace 
Couvrirent ton auguste face, 
Du masque impur de leurs forfaits 
Un seul combat, une victoire 
Venge nos droits et rend ta gloire 
Plus eclatante que jamais. 



96 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

To avenge a faithless Helen's doom 
All Europe's slaves, determin'd, come 
Freedom's fair fabric to destroy 
And wrap in flames our modern Troy ! 

These these are they — the murdering bands, 
Whose blood, of old, distain'd our lands. 
By our forefathers chac'd and slain, 
The monuments of death remain : 
Hungarians, wet with human blood. 
Ye Saxons fierce, so oft subdued 
By ancient Gauls on Gallic plains, 
Dread, dread the race that still remains : 
Return, and seek your dark abodes. 
Your dens and caves in northern woods. 
Nor stay to tell each kindred ghost 
What thousands from your tribes are lost. 

Mais quels cris viennent de nos fetes 
Troubler les chants majestueux ? 
Quel demon porte sur nos tetes 
La nnit, le tonnerre, et les feux ? 
Verrons nous des hordes sauvages 
Inonder encore nos rivages, 
Des terrens du Septentrion ; 
Et pour venger une autre Helena 
Tout la force Europeene 
Investit une autre Ilion. 

C'etoient ces bandes homicides 
Dont le sang vers6 tant de fois 
De mes ancetres intrepides 
Atteste encore les exploits — 
Fiers Saxons, Hongres Sanguinaires 
Esclaves jadis de mes peres 
Craignez leurs braves descendans 
Rentrez en vos cavernes sombres 
Ou craignez d'avertir leurs ombres 
Des revoltes de vos enfans : 

Une Tisiphone egarie 
Teinte encore du sang d'un epoux 
Avec le Danube et la SprSe 



1797] ODE TO LIBERTY 97 

A friend * from hell, of murderous brood, 
Stain'd with a hapless husband's blood, 
Unites with Danube f and the Spree, f 
Who arm to make the French their prey : 
To check their hosts and chill with fear. 
Frenchmen, advance to your frontier. 
There dig the Eternal Tomb of kings, 
Or Poland's fate each monster brings. 
Mows millions down, your cause defeats. 
And Ismael's horrid scene j;. repeats. 

Ye nations brave, so long rever'd, 
Whom Rome, in all her glory, fear'd ; 
Whose stubborn souls no tyrant broke 
To bow the neck to Ceesar's yoke - — 
Scythians ! whom Romans never chain'd ; 

S'unit et s'arme contre nous 
A ces despotes sanguinaires : 
Francais, volez sur vos frontieres 
Creuser un eternel tombeau ; 
Ou craignez pour votre patrie, 
Et I'opprobe de Warsovie 
Et les horreurs d'Ismailow ! 

Et vous qu'au sort de ses conquetes 
Rome craignit pour ses remparts 
Peuples dont les augustes tetes 
S' indignant du joug des Cesars, 
Scythes aux fers inaccessibles, 

* Catharine the 2d, present Empress of Russia, who deposed her husband, 
Peter the 3d, and deprived him of life in July, 1762, while in prison. — Freneau's 
note. 

t Two great rivers of Germany ; here metaphorically designating the Austrian 
and Prussian powers. — lb. 

J The Turkish fortress of Ismael, in 1786, stormed by the Russian army. 
After carrying it by assault, upwards of 30,000 persons, men, women, and chil- 
dren were slaughtered by the Russian barbarians, in less than three hours. — 
lb. 



98 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Germans ! that unsubdued remain'd, 
Ah ! see your sons, a sordid race, 
With despots leagu'd, to their disgrace 
Aid the base cause that you abhor, 
And hurl on France the storm of war. 

Our bold attempts shake modern Rome, 
She bids her kindred despots come ; 
From Italy her forces draws 
To waste their blood in Tarquin's cause : 
A hundred hords of foes advance. 
Embodying on the verge of France ; 
'Mongst these, to guide the flame of war. 



Fiers Germains, Teutons invincibles, 
Voyez vos laches descendans 
D'une main vile et sanguinaire 
Sur les bienfaiteurs de la terra 
Lancer la foudre des tyrans. 

Ainsi, par des faits heroiques 
Rome allarmant tons ses voisins 
Vit tons les peuples Italiques 
Vendre leurs bras a ses Tarquins. 
Sur ses frontieres investies 
Avec cent hordes ennemies 
La France voit vingt Porsennas 
Contre tant de liberticides 
Nos phalanges tyrannicides 
Vomiront mille Scevolas. 

O Rome ! tu leguas ta gloire 
Aux peuples faits pour 1' imiter ! 
C'est nous Franijais que la victoire 
Au meme faite veut porter. 
O France, O ma chere patrie ! 
Puisse-je au printems de ma vie 
Te voir les despotes soumis 
Et que par toi I'univers libre 
De I'Amazone jusqu'au Tibre 
N'offre que des peuples amis ! 



1797] ODE P9 

I see Porsenna's * just a score, 

While from the soil, by thousands, spring 

Scevola's f to destroy each king. 

O Rome ! what glory you consign 
To those who court your ancient fame ! 
Frenchmen, like Romans, now shall shine, 
And copying them, their ancient honours claim. 
O France, my native clime, my country dear, 
While youth remains, may I behold you free. 
Each tyrant crush'd, no threatening despot near 

To endanger Liberty ! 

By you unfetter'd be all human kind. 

No slaves on earth be known 

And man be blest, in friendship join'd. 

From Tyber to the Amazon ! 



ODE' 



God save the Rights of Man ! 
Give us a heart to scan 
Blessings so dear : 
Let them be spread around 
Wherever man is found, 
And with the welcome sound 
Ravish his ear. 

* An ancient king of Etruria who took Tarquin's part against the Romans. — 
Freneau^s note. 

f Scevola, who attempted the life of Porsenna in his own camp, but failed. — lb. 

1 This ode was sung at the Civic Feast given to Genet in Philadelphia by the 
French and Citizens, June i, 1793' The affair is described in detail in Bache's 
Aurora of June 4th. After three of the toasts the artillery fired salutes with two 
twelve pounders, fifteen rounds each. Freneau's ode was sung after the seventh 
toast, " with great effect." As to the date of composition of the ode I can find no 
reliable evidence. Conway, in his life of Paine, mentions that it was sung in 1 79 1 
at the November Festival of the London Revolution Society. It was published in 
the edition of 179S, but was not reproduced in 1809. 



lOO POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Let US with France agree, 

And bid the world be free, 

While tyrants fall ! 

Let the rude savage host 

Of their vast numbers boast — 

Freedom's almighty trust 

Laughs at them all ! 

Though hosts of slaves conspire 
To quench fair Gallia's fire, 
Still shall they fail : 
Though traitors round her rise, 
Leagu'd with her enemies, 
To war each patriot flies, 
And will prevail. 

No more is valour's flame 
Devoted to a name. 
Taught to adore — 
Soldiers of Liberty 
Disdain to bow the knee, 
But teach Equality 
To every shore. 

The world at last will join 
To aid thy grand design. 
Dear Liberty ! 
To Russia's frozen lands 
The generous flame expands : 
On Afric's burning sands 
Shall man be free ! 

In this our western world 
Be Freedom's flag unfurl'd 
Through all its shores ! 



1797] ON THE DEATH OF A PRINTER 10 1 

May no destructive blast 
Our heaven of joy o'ercast, 
May Freedom's fabric last 
While time endures. 

If e'er her cause require ! — 
Should tyrants e'er aspire 
To aim their stroke, 
May no proud despot daunt — 
Should he his standard plant, 
Freedom will never want 
Her hearts of oak ! 



ON THE DEATH' 

Of a Republican Printer 
[By his Partner and Successor] 

Like Sybil's leaves, abroad he spread 
His sheets, to awe the aspiring crew : 
Stock-jobbers fainted while they read ; 
Each hidden scheme display'd to view — 
Who could such doctrines spread abroad 
So long, and not be clapper-claw'd ! 

Content with slow uncertain gains. 
With heart and hand prepar'd he stood 
To send his works to distant plains, 
And hills beyond the Ohio-flood — 
And, since he had no time to lose, 
Preach'd whiggish lectures with his news. 

Now death, with cold unsparing hand, 
(At whose decree even Capets fall) 
From life's poor glass has shook his sand, 

' Published in ttie National Gazette, July 6, 1793, under the title " Reflections 
on the Death of a Country Printer. " Republished in the edition of 179S, which 
the text follows, and not inserted in the 1809 edition. 



I02 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

And sent him, fainting, to the wall — 
Because he gave you some sad wipes, 
O Mammon ! seize not thou his types. 

What shall be done, in such a case? — 

Shall I, because my partner fails, 

Call in his bull-dogs from the chace 

To loll their tongues and drop their tails — 

No, faith — the title-hunting crew 

No longer fly than we pursue. 



ON THE ANNIVERSARY! 

Of the Storming of the Bastille, at Paris, July 14th, 1789 

The chiefs that bow to Capet's reign, 

In mourning, now, their weeds display ; 

But we, that scorn a monarch's chain. 

Combine to celebrate the Day 

To Freedom's birth that put the seal. 
And laid in dust the proud Bastille. 

To Gallia's rich and splendid crown, 
This mighty Day gave such a blow 
As Time's recording hand shall own 
No former age had power to do : 

No single gem some Brutus stole. 

But instant ruin seiz'd the whole. 

Now tyrants rise, once more to bind 
In royal chains a nation freed — 
Vain hope ! for they, to death consign'd. 
Shall soon, like perjur'd Louis, bleed : 
O'er every king, o'er every queen 
Fate hangs the sword, and guillotine. 

' Printed in the National Gazette, July 17, 1 793, and republished in the 
edition of 1795. Omitted from the edition of 1809. 



1797] ON THE EUROPEAN WAR SYSTEM 1 03 

" Plung'd in a gulf of deep distress 
France turns her back — (so traitors say) 
Kings, priests, and nobles, round her press, 
Resolv'd to seize their destin'd prey : 
Thus Europe swears (in arms combin'd) 
To Poland's doom is France consign'd." 

Yet those, who now are thought so low 
From conquests that were basely gained, 
Shall rise tremendous from the blow 
And free Two Worlds, that still are chain'd, 

Restrict the Briton to his isle, 

And Freedom plant in every soil. 

Ye sons of this degenerate clime. 
Haste, arm the barque, expand the sail ; 
Assist to speed that golden time 
When Freedom rules, and monarchs fail ; 
All left to France — new powers may join. 
And help to crush the cause divine. 

Ah ! while I write, dear France Allied, 
My ardent wish I scarce restrain, 
To throw these Sybil leaves aside. 
And fly to join you on the main : 

Unfurl the topsail for the chace 

And help to crush the tyrant race ! 



THOUGHTS ON THE EUROPEAN WAR 
SYSTEM 1 

By H. Salem 

The People in Europe are much to be praised,'' 

That in fighting they choose to be passing their days ; 

1 Published in the 1 795 and 1 809 editions, the latter of which I have followed. 



I04 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

If their wars were abolished, there's room to suppose 
Our Printers would growl, for the want of New-News. 

May our tidings of warfare be ever from thence. 
Nor that page be supplied at Columbia's expence ! 
No kings shall rise here, at the nod of a court. 
Ambition, or Pride, with men's lives for to sport. 

In such a display of the taste of the times — 
The murder of millions — their quarrels and crimes, 
A horrible system of ruin we scan, 
A history, truly descriptive of man : 

A Being, that Nature designed to be blest — 
With abundance around him — yet rarely at rest, 
A Being, that lives but a moment in years. 
Yet wasting his life in contention and wars ; 
A Being, sent hither all good to bestow. 
Yet filling the world with oppression and woe ! 

But, consider, ye sages, (and pray be resigned) 
What ills would attend a reform of mankind — 
Were wars at" an end, and no nation made thinner. 
My neighbour, the gun-smith, would go without dinner ; 
The Printers, themselves, for employment would fail. 
And soldiers, by thousands, be starving in jail. 



A MATRIMONIAL DIALOGUE^ 

Humbly Inscribed to My Lord Snake 

One Sabbath-day morning said Sampson to Sue 

I have thought and have thought that a Title will do ; 

'First published in the National Gazette, August II, 1792, under the title 
"A Curious Dialogue." In this earliest version it is noted that tbe piece was 
' ' occasioned by emblematic devices on a certain travelling coach. ' ' Text from the 
809 edition. 



1797] -A- MATRIMONIAL DIALOGUE 105 

Believe me, my dear, it is sweeter that syrup 

To taste of a title, as cooked up in Europe ; 

" Your ladyship" here and "your ladyship " there, 

" Sir knight," and "your grace," and "his worship the 

mayor!" 
But here, we are nothing but vulgar all over, 
And the wife of a cobbler scarce thinks you above her : 
What a country is this, where Madam and Miss 
Is the highest address from each vulgar-born cur, 
And I — even I — am but Mister and Sir! 

Your Equal-Right gentry I ne'er could abide 

That all are born equal, by Me is denied : 

And Barlow and Paine shall preach it in vain ; 

Look even at brutes, and you'll see it confest 

That some are intended to manage the rest ; 

Yon' dog of the manger, how stately he struts ! 

You may swear him well-born, from the size of his guts ; 

Not a better-born whelp ever snapped at his foes, 

All he wants is a Glass to be stuck on his Nose : 

And then, my dear Sue, between me and you. 

He would look like the gemman whose name I forget, 

Who lives in a castle and never pays debt." 

" My dear (answered Susan) 'tis said, in reproach. 
That you climb like a bear when you get in a coach : 
Now, your nobles that spring from the nobles of old. 
Your earls, and your knights, and your barons, so bold. 
From Nature inherit so handsome an air 
They are noblemen born, at first glance we may swear : 
But you, that have cobbled, and I, that have spun, 
'Tis wrong for our noddles on Titles to run : 
Moreover, you know, that to make a fine show, 
Your people of note, of arms get a coat ; 
A boot or a shoe would but sneakingly do. 
And would certainly prove our nobility New." 



I06 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

" No matter (said Sampson) a coach shall be bought: 

Though the low-born may chatter, I care not a groat ; 

Around it a group of devices shall shine, 

And mottoes, and emblems — to prove it is mine ; 

Fair liberty's Cap, and a Star, and a Strap ; 

A Dagger, that somewhat resembles an Awl, 

A pumpkin-faced Goddess supporting a Stall : 

All these shall be there — how people will stare ! 

And Envy herself, that our Title would blast 

May smile at the motto, — the First shall be Last."* 



ON THE MEMORABLE^ 

Naval Engagement between the Republican Frigate L' Ambuscade 
Captain Bompard, and the British Royal Frigate Boston, Cap- 
tain Courtney, off the coast of New- Jersey. — 1792 

Resolved for a chace, 

All Frenchmen to face. 

Bold Boston from Halifax sailed, 

With a full flowing sheet, 

The pride of the fleet, 

Not a vessel she saw, but she hailed ; 

With Courtney, commander, who never did fear. 

Nor returned from a fight with a "flea in his ear." 

As they stered for the Hook, 

Each swore by his book, 

" No prayers should their vengeance retard ; 

' ' They would plunder and burn, 

* Qui primus fuit nunc ultimus. — Motto on a certain coach. — Freneau^ s note. 

I Published in the National Gazette, Aug. 17, 1793. The frigate L' Ambus- 
cade, which had borne Citizen Genet from France to Charleston, where he arrived 
April 8, 1792, and which was soon after stationed at Philadelphia, caused much 
trouble to the federal government by making American ports her basis for opera- 
tions upon English shipping. She captured several British ships, among them the 
Grange and the Little Sarah. Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] ON THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENT 107 

' ' They would never return 

"Unattended by Captain Bompard! 

" No Gaul can resist us, when once we arouse, 

"We'll drown the monsieurs in the wash of our bows." 

A sail now appeared, 

When toward her they steered, 

Each crown'd with his Liberty-Cap ; 

Under colours of France did they boldly advance, 

And a small privateer did entrap — 

The time may have been when their nation was brave, 

But now, their best play is to cheat and deceive. 

Arrived at the spot 

Where they meant to dispute. 

Thus Courtney sent word, in a heat : 

"Since fighting's our trade, 

' ' Their bold Ambuscade 

' ' Must be sunk, or compelled to retreat : 

" Tell Captain Bompard, if his stomach's for war, 

" To advance from his port, and engage a bold tar." 

Brave Captain Bompard 

When this challenge he heard. 

Though his sails were unbent from the yards. 

His topmasts struck down. 

And his men half in town ; 

Yet sent back his humble regards — 

The challenge accepted ; all hands warned on board. 

Bent, their sails, swore revenge, and the frigate unmoored. 

The Boston, at sea. 

Being under their lee. 

For windward manoeuvred in vain ; 

'Till night coming on. 

Both laid by 'till dawn, 

Then met on the watery plain. 



I08 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

The wind at north-east, and a beautiful day, 

And the hearts of the Frenchmen in trim for the fray. 

So, to it they went, 

With determined intent 

The fate of the day to decide 

By the virtues of powder ; 

(No argument louder 

Was e'er to a subject applied) 

A Gaul with a Briton in battle contends. 

Let them stand to their guns, and we'll see how it ends. 

As the Frenchman sailed past, 

Boston gave him a blast. 

Glass bottles, case knives, and old nails, 

A score of round shot. 

And the devil knows what. 

To cripple his masts and his sails. 

The Boston supposed it the best of her play 

To prevent him from chacing — if she ran away. 

The Frenchman most cool, 

(No hot-headed fool,) 

Returned the broadside in a trice ; 

So hot was the blast, 

He disabled one mast. 

And gave them some rigging to splice. 

Some holes for to plug, where the bullets had gone. 

Some yards to replace, and some heads to put on. 

Three glasses, and more. 

Their cannons did roar, 

Shot flying in horrible squads ; 

'Midst torrents of smoke. 

The Republican spoke. 

And frightened the Anglican gods ! 



1797] TO SHYLOCK AP-SHENKIN IO9 

Their frigate so mauled, they no longer defend her, 
And, Courtney shot down — they bawled out to surrender ! 

, " O la ! what a blunder 
' ' To provoke this French thunder ! 
' ' We think with the devil he deals — 
' ' But since we dislike 
' ' To surrender and strike, 
' ' Let us try the success of our heels : 
' ' We may save the king's frigate by running away, 
' ' The Frenchman will have us — all hands — if we stay ! " 

So squaring their yards, 

On all Captain Bompard's, 

A volley of curses they shed — 

Having got their Discharge, 

They bore away large, 

While the Frenchman pursued, as they fled. 

But vain was his haste — while his sails he repaired, 

He ended the fray in a chace — 

The Gaul got the best of the fight, 'tis declared ; 

The Briton — the best of the race ! 



TO SHYLOCK AP-SHENKIN ' 

[ In Reply to Big Looks and Menaces ] 

Because some pumpkin-shells and lobster claws. 
Thrown o'er his garden walls by Crab-tree's duke. 

Have chanc'd to light within your meagre jaws, 
(A dose, at which all honest men would puke:) 

Because some treasury-luncheons you have gnaw'd. 
Like rats, that prey upon the public store : 

Must you, for that, your crude stuff belch abroad. 
And vomit lies on all that pass your door ! 

'Called forth by HamiltoD's letters in Fenno's Gazette, charging Freneau 
with being a mere hired tool of Jefferson. Published in the 1795 edition, but 
omitted from the 1809 collection. 



no POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

To knavery's tribe my verse still fatal found, 
Alike to kings and coblers gives their due : 

Spruce tho' you be, your heels may drum the ground, 
And make rare pass-time for the sportive crew. 

Why all these hints of menace, dark and sad. 
What is my crime, that thus Ap-Shenkin raves? 

No secret-service-money have I had 

For waging two years' war with fools and knaves. 

Abus'd at court, unwelcome to the Great — 
This page of mine no well-born aspect wears : 

On honest yeomen I repose its fate. 

Clodhopper's dollar is as good as theirs. 

Why wouldst thou then with ruffian hand destroy 
A wight, that wastes his ink in Freedom's cause : 

Who, to the last, his arrows will employ 

To publish Freedom's rights, and guard her laws ! 

O thou ! that hast a heart so flinty hard 

Thus oft, too oft, a poet to rebuke. 
From those that rhyme you ne'er shall meet regard ; 

Of Crab-tree's dutchy — you shall be no Duke. 



PESTILENCE' 

Hot, dry winds forever blowing, 
Dead men to the grave-yards going : 

Constant hearses. 

Funeral verses ; 
Oh! what plagues — there is no knowing! 

' Published in the 1795 edition. In the index of the 1809 edition, the text of 
which I have used, it bears the title "Pestilence : written during the Prevalence 
of a yellow fever." It refers to the well-known epidemic in Philadelphia during 
the late summer and early autumn of 1793. 



1797] ON DR. SANGRADO'S FLIGHT III 

Priests retreating from their pulpits ! — 
Some in hot, and some in cold fits 

In bad temper, 

Off they scamper. 
Leaving us — unhappy culprits ! 

Doctors raving and disputing, 
Death's pale army still recruiting — 

What a pother 

One with t'other ! 
Some a-writing, some a-shooting. 

Nature's poisons here collected. 
Water, earth, and air infected — 

O, what pity. 

Such a City, 
Was in such a place erected ! 



ON DR. SANGRADO'S FLIGHT ^ 

From Philadelphia, in the Time of the Yellow Fever — 1793 

On prancing steed, with spunge at nose, 
From town behold Sangrado fly ; 
Camphor and Tar where'er he goes 
Th' infected shafts of death defy — 

Safe in an atmosphere of scents. 

He leaves us to our own defence. 

'Twas right to fly ! for well, I ween. 
In Stygian worlds, all scribes agree, 
No blushing blossom e'er was seen. 
Or running brook, or budding tree : 

No splendid meats, no flowing bowls, 

Smile on the meagre feast of souls : 

'First published in the National Gazette, September 4, 1793, under the 
title "Orlando's Flight." Text from the 1809 edition. 



112 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

No sprightly songs, to banish grief, 
No balls, the Elysian beaus prepare, 
And he that throve on rounds of beef. 
On onion shells shall famish there — 

Monarchs are there of little note. 

And Caesar wears a shabby coat. 

Chloes on earth, of air and shape. 
Whose eyes destroy'd poor love-lorn wights. 
There lower their topsails to the cap. 
Rig in their booms and furl their kites : — 

Where Cupid's bow was never bent. 

What lover asks a maid's consent? 

All this, and more, Sangrado knew, 

(In Lucian is the story told) 

Took horse — clapped spurs — and off he flew, 

Leaving his Sick to fret and scold ; 

Some soldiers, thus, to honour lost. 

In day of battle quit their post. 



ELEGY 1 

On the Death of a Blacksmith 

With the nerves of a Sampson, this son of the sledge. 
By the anvil his livelihood got ; 

With the skill of old Vulcan could temper an edge ; 
And struck — while his iron was hot. 

By forging he lived, yet never was tried. 
Or condemned by the laws of the land ; 
But still it is certain, and can't be denied, 
He often was burnt in the hand. 

'Published in 'Ha^ National Gazeitt, September 18, 1793. Text from the 
1809 edition. 



1797] TO SYLVIUS I13 

With the sons of St. Crispin no kindred he claimed, 
With the last he had nothing to do ; 
He handled no awl, and yet in his time 
Made many an excellent shoe. 

He blew up no coals of sedition, but still 
His bellows was always in blast ; 
And we will acknowledge (deny it who will) 
That one Vice, and but one, he possessed. 

No actor was he, or concerned with the stage. 
No audience, to awe him, appeared ; 
Yet oft in his shop (like a crowd in a rage) 
The voice of a hissing was heard. 

Tho' steelling' was certainly part of his cares, 
In thieving he never was found ; 
And, tho' he was constantly beating on bars. 
No vessel he e'er ran aground. 

Alas and alack ! and what more can I say 

Of Vulcan's unfortunate son? — 

The priest and the sexton have borne him away. 

And the sound of his hammer is done. 



TO SYLVIUS^ 

On his Preparing to Leave the Town 

Can love of fame the gentle muse inspire 
Where he that hoards the most has all the praise ; 
Where avarice, and her tribe, each bosom fire. 
All heap the enormous store for rainy days ; 

' " Tho' steelling of axes was part of his cares." — I'jgS ^'^■ 
2 Text from the 1809 edition. This was Freneau's valedictory on leaving Phila- 
delphia after the failure of the National Gazette. 

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114 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Proving by such perpetual round of toil 
That man was born to grovel on the soil? 

Expect not, in these times of rude renown 

That verse, like your's, will have the chance to please : 

No taste for plaintive elegy is known. 

Nor lyric ode — none care for things like these — 

Gold, only gold, this niggard age delights, 

That honours none but money-catching wights. 

Sink not beneath the mean abusive strain 

Of puny wits, dull sycophants in song. 

Who, post, or place, or one poor smile to gain, 

Besiege Mambrino's door, and round him throng 

Like insects creeping to the morning sun 

To enjoy his heat — themselves possessing none. 

All must applaud your choice, to quit a stage 
Where knaves and fools in every scene abound ; 
Where modest worth no patron can engage — 
But boisterous folly walks her noisy round ; 
Some narrow-hearted demi-god adores. 
And Fortune's path with servile step explores. 



THE BLESSINGS OF THE POPPY » 

— Opifer per Orbem dicor. 
"In this the God, benevolent to man, 
Lulls every woe, and deadens every pain. ' ' 

When the first men to this world's climates came 
Smit by the winter's rude inclement blast. 
Unskilled to raise the wall, or wake the fire. 
Badly, in narrow huts, their lives they passed. 

Conscious of pains they knew not how to cure. 
In vain they sighed, and sighing begged relief, 

' Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] QUINTILIAN TO LYCIDAS II5 

No druggist came, by art or reason taught 

With strength of potent herbs, to calm their grief. 

Fierce tortures to allay, some reverend sage 
Preach'd Patience to the pangs, that could not hear ; 
For restless anguish doomed her victim still 
To groan thro' life, and sigh from year to year. 

At length from Jove, and heaven's etherial dome 
Sky-walking Hermes came to view these plains : 
He looked — and saw what fate or gods had done, 
And gave the Poppy, to relieve all pains. 

Then to the sons of grief his speech addressed, 
" Through this dull flower is shed such potent dew, 
"When pain distracts — drink this — and drown in sleep 
" All ills, that Nature sent to torture you. 

' ' From other worlds, by other beings trod, 

' ' To these bleak climes this plundered plant I bore ; 

"Receive. a gift, all worthy of a god, 

" Since pain, when hushed to sleep, — is pain no more." 



QUINTILIAN TO LYCIDAS ^ 

" While other lads their books forsake. 
Or sigh to meet the hours of play : 
You, Lycidas, no leisure take. 
But still through learned volumes stray : — 
With years so few, ah why so grave ; 
Why every hour to books a slave? 

Hence, Lycidas, I pray, retire : 
Go with your mates, and take your play — 
Not him I prize, or much admire. 
Who, curious, hangs on all I say : 

1 First published, as far as I can find, in the 1795 edition. Text from the 
1809 edition. 



Il6 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

The lad that's wise before his time, 
Will be a coxcomb in his prime. 

Stay not too close in learning's shop ; — 

'Till time a riper mind prepares, 

The ball, the marble, and the top 

Are books, that should divide your cares — 

The lads that life's gay morn enjoy, 

I'm pleased to see them act the boy. 

I hate the pert, I hate the bold. 
Who, proud of years but half a score. 
With none but men would converse hold. 
And things beyond their reach explore : 
Like the famed Cretan, soaring high. 
To melt their waxen wings and die." 



THE BAY ISLET » 

In shallow streams, a league from town, 
(Its baby Light-House tumbled down) 
Extends a country, full in view. 
Beheld by all, but known to few. 

Surrounded by the briny waste 
No haven here has Nature placed ; 
But those who wish to pace it o'er 
Must land upon the open shore. 

There as I sailed, to view the ground ; 
No blooming goddesses I found — 
But yellow hags, ordained to prove 
The death, and antidote of love. 

'First published, as far as I have been able to find, in the 179S edition. 
Text from the 1809 edition. 



1797] JEFFERY 117 

Ten stately trees adorn the isle, 
The house, a crazy, tottering pile. 
Where once the doctor plied his trade 
On feverish tars and rakes decayed. 

Six hogs about the pastures feed 
(Sweet mud-larks of the Georgia breed) 
Who, while the hostess deals out drams. 
Can oysters catch, and open clams. 

Upon its surface, smooth and clean, 
A world, in miniature, is seen ; 
Though scarce a journey for a snail 
We meet with mountain, hill, and vale. 

To those that guard this stormy place, 
Two cities stare them in the face : 
There, York its spiry summits rears. 
And here Cummunipaw appears. 

The tenant, now but ill at ease. 
Derives no fuel from his trees : 
And Jersey boats, though begged to land. 
All leave him on the larboard hand. 

Some monied man, grown sick of care. 
To this neglected spot repair : 
What Nature sketched, let art complete. 
And own the loveliest Country Seat. 



JEFFERY, OR, THE SOLDIER'S PROGRESS^ 

Lured by some corporal's smooth address. 
His scarlet coat and roguish face. 
One Half A Joe on drum head laid, 
A tavern treat — and reckoning paid ; 

1 First published in the 1795 edition. Text from the 1809 edition. 



Il8 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

See yonder simple lad consigned 
To slavery of the meanest kind. 

With only skill to drive a plough 

A musquet he must handle now ; 

Must twirl it here and twirl it there, 

Now on the ground, now in the air : 

Its every motion by some rule 

Of practice, taught in Frederick's school,* 

Must be directed — nicely true — 

Or he be beaten black — and blue. 

A sergeant, raised from cleaning shoes. 
May now this country lad abuse : — 
On meagre fare grown poor and lean, 
He treats him like a mere machine. 
Directs his look, directs his step. 
And kicks him into decent shape. 
From aukward habits frees the clown, 
Erects his head — or knocks him down, 

Last Friday week to Battery-green 
The sergeant came with this Machine — 
One motion of the firelock missed — 
The Tutor thumped him with his fist : 
I saw him lift his hickory cane, 
I heard poor Jeffery's head complain ! — 
Yet this — and more — he's forced to bear; 
And thus goes on from year to year, 
'Till desperate grown at such a lot, 
He drinks — deserts — and so is shot! 

* The Prussian manual exercise. — Freneau's note. 



1797] TO A WRITER OF PANEGYRIC II 9 

TO SHYLOCK AP-SHENKIN^ 

In shallow caves, with shrill voic'd conchs hung round, 

And pumpkin-shells, responding all they hear, 

A bard, call'd Shylock, catches every sound. 

Governs their tone, pricks up his lengthy ear : 

In putrid ink then dips his pen of lead 

And scribbles down what learn'd Pomposo said. 

Bard of the lengthy ode ! whose knavish paw 
Ne'er touch'd the helm, besprent with odious pitch ! 
'Twas better far, you knew, to practice Law, 
Whine at the church, or in the court-house screech : 
No soul had you to face the wintry blast. 
Combat the storm, or climb the tottering mast. 

Then why so wroth, thou bard of narrow soul. 
If wavering Fortune bade me seek the brine : 
I drank no nectar from your leaden bowl. 
Nor from your poems filch'd a single line : 
When I do that — then publish from your caves. 
Who robs a beggar — is the worst of knaves ! 



TO A WRITER OF PANEGYRIC ^ 

Occasioned by certain fulsome Congratulatory Verses on the elec- 
tion of a High Constable 

Be advised by a friend, who advises but rarely. 
Be cautious of praising 'till praise is earned fairly : 
There was a sage Ancient this truth did bequeath, 
" That merit is only determined by death." 

Panegyric I'm sorry to see you engage in — 
Old Nero, at first, was a Titus, or Trajan : 

' This poem is unique, as far as I can discover, in the 1795 edition. 
2 1 can find no earlier trace of this poem than the 1795 edition. Text from 
the 1809 edition. 



I20 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

The Indians of Siam bow down to a Log, 
And Egypt is said to have worshipped a Dog.* 

If you will be throwing your jewels to swine, 
No wonder they rend you — whenever they dine — 
Pray, leave it to puppies to cry up their worth. 
And to dunces, to honour the day of their birth. 

Whoever the road to preferment would find, 
With the eyes of a Dutchman must look at mankind ; 
From the basest of motives, cry cowards are brave. 
And laugh in his sleeve — when he flatters a knave. 



THE FOREST BEAU' 

[A Picture from Reality] 

When first to feel Love's fire Jack Straw begins, 
He combs his hair, and cocks his hat with pins. 
Views in some stream, his face, with fond regard, 
Plucks from his upper lip the bristly beard, 
With soap and sand his homely visage scours 
(Rough from the joint attacks of sun and showers) 
The sheepskin breeches decorate his thighs — 
Next on his back the homespun coat he tries ; 
Round his broad breast he wraps the jerkin blue, 
And sews a spacious soal on either shoe. 
Thus, all prepared, the fond adoring swain 
Cuts from his groves of pine a ponderous cane ; 
In thought a beau, a savage to the eye, 
Forth, from his mighty bosom, heaves the sigh ; 
Tobacco is the present for his fair, 
This he admires, and this best pleases her — 
The bargain struck, — few cares his bosom move 

* Anhbis. — One of the tutelar deities of ancient Egypt.' — Freneau's note. 
1 From the edition of 1809. First published, as far as I can discover, in 1795 



1797] EPISTLE TO A STUDENT 121 

How to maintain, or how to lodge his love ; 
Close at his hand the piny forest grows, 
Thence for his hut a slender frame he hews. 
With art, (not copied from Palladio's rules,) 
A hammer and an axe, his only tools, 
By Nature taught, a hasty hut he forms 
Safe in the woods, to shelter from the storms ; — 
There sees the summer pass and winter come, 
Nor envies Britain's king his loftier home. 



EPISTLE 1 

To a Student of Dead Languages 

I pity him, who, at no small expense. 
Has studied sound instead of sense : 
He, proud some antique gibberish to attain ; 
Of Hebrew, Greek, or Latin, vain. 
Devours the husk, and leaves the grain. 

In his own language Homer writ and read. 
Nor spent his life in poring on the dead : 
Why then your native language not pursue 
In which all ancient sense (that's worth review) 
Glows in translation, fresh and new? 

He better plans, who things, not words, attends. 

And turns his studious hours to active ends ; 

Who Art through every secret maze explores. 

Invents, contrives — and Nature's hidden stores 

From mirrours, to their object true. 

Presents to man's obstructed view. 

That dimly meets the light, and faintly soars : — 

His strong capacious mind 
By fetters unconfin'd 

' Unique, as far as I can find, in the 179S edition. 



122 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Of Latin lore and heathen Greek, 

Takes Science in its way, 

Pursues the kindling ray 

'Till Reason's morn shall on him break ! 



TO A NOISY POLITICIAN^ 

Since Shylock's Book has walk'd the circles here, 
What numerous blessings to our country flow ! 
Whales on our shores have run aground, 
Sturgeons are in our rivers found ; 
Nay, ships have on the Delaware sail'd, 
A sight most new ! 

Wheat has been sown, harvests have grown. 
And Shylock held strange dialogues with Sue. 

On coaches, now, gay coats of arras are wore 

By some, who hardly had a coat before : 

Silk gowns instead of homespun, now, are seen. 

And, sir, 'tis true ( 'twixt me and you) 

That some have grown prodigious fat. 

That were prodigious lean ! 



THE SEXTON'S SERMON^ 

At the Burial of a Deist 

A few short years, at most, will bound our span ; 
(" Wretched and few, " the Hebrew patriarch said) 

1 Unique, as far as I can discover, in the edition of 1795. 

" Freneau seems deliberately to have manufactured this poem for his edition 
of 1 795 from fragments of his discarded poems, the House of Night and 'Ca^ Jamaica 
Fuveral. It is made up as follows : Jamaica Funeral, stanzas 44-46 ; House of 
Night 73, 132-134, 139 ; Jamaica Funeral 47 ; House of Night 76, 77 ; an 
original stanza; House of Night ^%, 34, 116, 30,(^3 ; Jamaica Funeral n, 35, 
40, 48-51. Many of these stanzas are much changed. Text from the 1809 
edition. 



1797] THE SEXTON S SERMON 123 

Live while you may, be jovial while you can ; 
Too soon our debt to Nature, must be paid. 

When Nature fails, the man exists no more. 
And death is nothing but an empty name. 
Spleen's odious offspring, in some gloomy hour ; — 
The coward's tyrant, and the bad man's dream. 

You ask me, where those numerous hosts have fled 
That once existed on this changeful ball? 
If aught remains, when mortal man is dead,* 
Where ere their birth they were, they now are all. 

Seek not for Paradise ! — 'tis not for you 
Where, high in heaven, its sweetest blossoms blow ; 
Nor even, where gliding to the Persian main. 
Your waves, Euphrates, through the garden flow. 

What is this Death, ye thoughtless mourners, say ? 
Death is no more than never-ceasing change : 
New forms arise, while other forms decay, 
Yet, all is life throughout creation's range. 

The towering Alps, the haughty Appenine, 
The Andes, wrapt in everlasting snow. 
The Apalachian, and the Ararat, 
Sooner or later, must to ruin go. 

Hills sink to plains, and man returns to dust ; 
That dust supports a reptile or a flower ; 
Each changeful atom, by some other nursed. 
Takes some new form, to perish in an hour. 

When Nature bids thee from the world retire. 
With joy thy lodging leave, a sated guest. 
In sleep's blest state (our DuUman's fond desire) 
Existing always — always to be blest. 

* Queris quo loco jaceant omnes mortui ? 

Ubi non nata jacent. 

Seneca Trag. — Freneau! s note. 



124 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Like insects busy in a summer's day, 
We toil and squabble, to increase our pain : 
Night comes at last, and weary of the fray, 
To dust and silence all are sent again ! 

Beneath my hand what numerous crowds retire — 
By the cold turf for ages, now, oppressed ! 
Millions have fallen — and millions must expire. 
Doomed by the impartial Power to endless rest. 

In vain with stars He decked yon' spangled skies. 
And bade the mind to heaven's bright regions soar. 
And brought so far to your admiring eyes 
A glimpse of glories, that shall blaze no more ! 

What is there here, that man should wish to bear 
A weight of years ? — such rage to madness vext ; 
Wan, wasting, grief, and ever musing care. 
Distressful pain, and poverty perplext? — 

What is there here, but tombs and monuments — 
Tyrants — who misery spread through every shore; 
Wide wasting wars, the scourge of innocence ; 
Fevers and plagues, with all their noxious store? 

Before we called this wrangling world our home, 
In undisturbed abodes we sweetly slept : 
But when dame Nature made that world our doom, 
'Twas then our troubles came — and then we wept! 

Though humbled now, disheartened, or distressed. 
Yet, when returning to the peaceful ground, 
With heroes, kings, and conquerors we shall rest ; 
Shall sleep as sweetly, and no doubt, as sound. 

Ne'er shall we hope to see the day-light spring 
Or from the up-lifted window lean to hear 
(Fore-runner of the scarlet-mantled morn) 
The early note of wakeful Chanticleer ! 



1797] THE sexton's SERMON 12 5 

Oblivion there, expands her raven wing : — 
We soon must go where all the dead are gone, 
Trace the dull path, explore the gloomy road 
To that dark country, where I see no dawn. 

Then why these sobs, these useless floods of woe. 
That vainly flow for the departed dead? 
If doomed to wander on the coasts below, 
What are to them these floods of grief you shed ? 

Since heaven in rapture doth their hours employ — 
If empty sighs, or groans, could reach them there, 
These funeral howls would damp their heaven of joy, 
Would make them wretched, and renew their care. 

The joys of wine, immortal as my theme, 
To days of mirth the aspiring soul invite : 
Life, void of this, a punishment I deem, 
A Greenland winter, robbed of heat and light. 

Ah ! envy not, ye sages too precise, 

The drop from life's gay tree, that kills our woe — 

Noah himself, the wary and the wise, 

A vineyard planted — and the vines did grow. 

(Of social soul was he) — the grape he pressed. 
And drank the juice, oblivious to his care : 
Sorrow he banished from his place of rest, 
And sighs, and sextons, had no business there, 

Such bliss be our's through every changing scene : 
The jovial face bespeaks the glowing heart ; 
If heaven be joy, wine is to heaven a-kin. 
Since wine, on earth, can heavenly joys impart. 

Mere glow-worms are we all — a moment shine! — 
I, like the rest, in giddy circles run. 
And grief shall say, when I this breath resign. 
His glass is empty, and his sermon done ! 



126 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

ON A LEGISLATIVE ACT' 

Prohibiting the use of Spirituous Liquors to Prisoners in certain Jails of 
the United States 

Give to the wretched, drink that's strong, 
(Said David's Son) but we, more wise. 
With Cyder, from the hogshead, rough, 
Molasses-Beer, and such dull stuff. 
The miseries of the imprison'd host prolong. 

" Shut up in jail from day to day 
(Methinks I hear a Debtor say) 
Victims to public rage and private spite, 
All that we had to keep our spirits up 
Was glowing wine that fill'd the cheering cup. 
This banish'd care, and check'd the rising sigh 
Chac'd grief from every heart, gave joy to every eye. 

' ' And will ye not this only comfort leave. 
Ye men that frame the public laws ? — 
Parted from children, friends, and wives, 
How heavily the moments roll : 
What comfort have we of our lives 
If you deny this cordial of the soul ? 
'Tis this that kills the tedious hour, 
Puts misery out of fortune's power. 
'Tis this that to the dial's hand lends wings. 
Gives to the beggar all the pride of kings. 
Sheds joy throughout our gloomy cage 
And bids us scorn the little tyrant's rage, 

" They that are unconfin'd drink what they will — 
Who gave the right to limit men in jail? 
Because misfortune sent us here 
Must we for that be drench'd with ' table beer,' 
Or, in its stead, with Adam's ale? — 

• Unique in the 1795 edition. 



1797] TO A POLITICAL SHRIMP 12/ 

" Relent — relent! contrive some other plan ; 
" Wine is the dearest, choicest friend of man — 
" They that are out of jail, of all degrees, 
"Can spend their leisure as they please, 
" We, that are in, must pass it as we can." 



ADDRESSED! 

To a Political Shrimp, or, Fly upon the Wheel 

The man that doth an Elephant pursue 
Whose capture gains a mighty price. 
Amidst the chace, heeds not the barking crew. 
Or lesser game of rats and mice. 

On ocean's waste who chace the royal flag 
Stop not to take the privateer ; 
Who mean to seize the steed, neglect the nag ; 
No squirrel-hunter kills a deer. 

Reptile ! your venom ever spits in vain — 
To honour's coat no drop adheres : — 
To court ! — return to Britain's tyrant reign. 
White-wash her king, and scowr her peers. 

Some scheming knaves, that strut in courtly guise. 
May vile abuse, through you, impart — 
But they that on no Treasury lean, despise 
Your venal pen — your canker'd heart. 

1 The only trace I can find of this poem is in the 1 795 edition. From the 
last stanza it is evident that it was aimed at Hamilton. 



128 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



HERMIT'S VALLEY 1 

With eastern^ winds and flowing sail 
To these sequestered haunts we came, 
Where verdant trees and chrystal streams 
Adorn the sloping, winding vale ; 
Where, from the breezy grove we claim. 
Our heaven on earth — poetic dreams. 

These simple scenes have pleasures more 
Than all the busy town can show — 
More pleasure here Philanthus took. 
And more he prized this lonely shore. 
His pen, his pencil, and his book. 
Than all the groves Madeira bore : 

Here still is seen a hermit's cell. 
Who, fond the haunts of men to fly. 
Enjoyed his heaven beneath this shade : 
In mouldering caves so blest to dwell. 
He sought not from the flowers that die, 
A verdure, that would never fade. 

To crowded courts and would-be kings. 
Where fawning knaves are most caressed. 
Who would, though oft' invited, go — 
When here so many charming things 
By Nature to perfection dressed. 
To please the man of fancy, grow? 

The native of this happy spot 
No cares of vain ambition haunt : 

iThe earliest trace I can find of this is in the 1795 edition. Text from the 
1809 edition. In the table of contents of the latter edition the title is given, 
" Hermit's Valley, a rural scene on the Schuylkill." 

2 " Western." — Ed. i'j<)5. 



1797] THE REPUBLICAN GENIUS OF EUROPE 129 

Pleased with the partner of his nest, 
Life flows — and when the dream is out, 
The earth, which once supplied each want. 
Receives him — fainting — to her breast. 



TO MY BOOK^ 

Unhappy Volume ! — doom'd by fate 
To meet with unrelenting hate 
From those who can their venom spit. 
Yet condescend to steal your wit : 
While Shylock with malicious spirit, 
Allows you not a grain of merit. 
While he an idle pomp assumes. 
Let him return his borrowed plumes. 
And you will find the insect creeping. 
With not a feather worth the keeping. 



THE REPUBLICAN GENIUS OF EUROPE ^ 

Emperors and kings ! in vain you strive 

Your torments to conceal — 
The age is come that shakes your thrones. 
Tramples in dust despotic crowns. 

And bids the sceptre fail. 

In western worlds the flame began : 
From thence to France it flew — 

1 This appeared originally as a part of the " New Year's Verses " for 1783. 
See Volume II, page 199, supra. Text from the 1795 edition, which is the "un- 
happy volume ' ' alluded to. 

i! Published in \he Jersey Chronicle, May 23, 179S, from which the text is 
taken. It forms the basis of the poem " On the Royal Coalition Against Repub- 
lican Liberty," in the 1815 edition, but the later form is so greatly inferior that I 
have not hesitated to reproduce the earlier version. 

9 



130 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Through Europe, now, it takes its way, 
Beams an insufferable day, 
And lays all tyrants low. 

Genius of France ! pursue the chace 

Till Reason's laws restore 
Man to be Man, in every clime ; — 
That Being, active, great, sublime 

Debas'd in dust no more. 

In dreadful pomp he takes his way 

O'er ruin'd crowns, demolish'd thrones — 
Pale tyrants shrink before his blaze — 
Round him terrific lightnings play — 

With eyes of fire, he looks them through, 
Crushes the vile despotic crew. 
And Pride in ruin lays. 



THE RIVAL SUITORS FOR AMERICA^ 

Like some fair girl in beauty's bloom. 
To court her, see what suitors come ! 
An heiress, she, to large estate. 
What rivals for her favours wait ! 

All haste to clasp her in their arms, 
Each sees in her a thousand charms — 
The Gems that on her bosom glow 
Attract where love was cold — 'till now. 

Freed from a cruel parent's care. 
This maid so wealthy and so fair 
Of each that for possession sues 
Can hairdly tell which beau to choose. 

•Published in the Jersey Chronicle, May 30, 1795, with the above text. The 
poem was greatly expanded and changed for the 1815 edition, where it bore the 
title, "The Political Rival Suitors." 



1797] THE RIVAL SUITORS FOR AMERICA 13 1 

Proud of his vast extended reign, 
(His fancied empire o'er the main) 
The Briton came, with haughty stride, 
Preferr'd his suit — but was denied. 

She thought his style, by much, too rude, 
By ruffians she would not be woo'd ; 
From Man she wish'd to choose a mate, 
But not in such a savage state. 

A Dane, a Dutchman, and a Swede 
All hop'd to enjoy the charming maid : 
The Russian, bred in frost and snow, 
Made love to her that said — no, no. 

The Spaniard grave, with cloak and sword. 
Some favour from the nymph implor'd — 
Vain were his tears and coaxing art — 
She could not bear a jealous heart. 

The Turk himself, to engage her love. 
From Asia's coasts began to move ; 
While faded lay his Tartar crown 
He sigh'd to make this girl his own. 

In vain they paid the fond address — 
No Pope, no Sultan would she bless — 
No monarch, tho' allur'd with art, 
Could gain her wealth, or touch her heart. 

The Frenchman comes — salutes the fair — 
She likes his gallant, marshal air ! — 
With eager eye, around her waist 
He clasp'd his arms, and her embrac'd : 

Smit with his lofty, generous mien. 
She admires the Gaul, as soon as seen. 
Grants him her Commerce — yields her charms. 
And takes a hero to her arms ! 



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MR. JAY'S TREATY' 

Disclosed by Stephens Thomson Mason 
When the Senate assembled had shut up their door, 
And had left us no clew their designs to explore, 
The people were anxious, and whispered their care, 
But their voice was too weak for the dignified ear. 
Ye are down, down, down, keep ye down. 

At length the Sanhedrim were ready to rise, 
And the crowd were distending their ears and their eyes ; 
But the rabble had nothing to hear or to view. 
Says the twenty, the secret's too sacred for you, 
Ye are down, down, down, keep ye down. 

But Stephens T. Mason, a man we revere. 
With his name bid the infamous treaty appear, 
'Twas the act of a freeman, who join'd with the Ten, 
To save us from tyranny, rank us with men, 
Altho' down, down, and like to be down. 

He gave his assistance, enlighten'd our eyes, 
And a cloud from all quarters begins to arise. 
Vox Dei, Vox Populi, truly but one, 
Shall tell dark designers — our will shall be done 
Till you're down, down, twenty times down. 

'Published in ^^ Jersey Chronicle, September 12, 1795) from whicli the 
text is talcen. As far as I can find the poet never republished it. 

Jay's treaty with England was laid before the Senate in June, 1795, and after 
two weeks of fierce discussion was ratified by a very small majority. The Senate, 
fearing popular criticism, forbade the publication of the treaty, a course which 
caused such widespread indignation that Mason on his own responsibility gave a 
perfect copy of the text to the Philadelphia Aurora for publication. The act was 
as much praised by one party as it was condemned by the other. 



1797] PARODY 133 



PARODY 1 

On the attempt to force the British Treaty on the People 
of the United States 

Americans ! behold the fruits, 
The end of all your vain pursuits, 
Whole years in blood and warfare spent 
To save this injur'd continent. — 
How must it mortify your pride 
To take once more the British side ; 
How will your eyes contain their tears 
When all the sad effect appears ! 

This Treaty in one page confines 
The sad result of base designs ; 
The wretched purchase here behold 
Of traitors — who their country sold. 
Here, in their proper shape and mien 
Fraud, perjury, and guilt are seen. 
And few, a chosen few, must know 
The Mysteries that lurk below. 

Go home, ye merchants, poor and lean. 

And kiss the — hand — of Britain's queen. 

I see you of your cargoes stript 

Your vessels stolen, your seamen whipt, 

I see them from their decks compell'd 

To wander o'er the wat'ry field ; — 

In British ships, by force detain'd 

I see the gallant sailor band 

Engage the power that lent us aid 

When Britain here her entry made — 

• The poet never reprinted this poem from the Jersey Chronicle, where it first 
appeared, April 23, 1796. Great dissatisfaction with Jay's treaty with England is 
evident in almost every number of the Chronicle. Freneau himself was the author 
of the series of papers entitled " Features of Mr. Jay's Treaty." 



134 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179° 

I see them mix'd with George's sons, 
I see them torn by gallic guns, 
Disfigur'd, in the ocean cast 
To find a resting place at last. 

Philosophy ! thou friend of man, 
Teach me these strange events to scan ; 
Aid me to learn the secret cause 
That alien seems from Nature's laws, 
Why on this stage of human things 
Man bows his neck to tyrant kings? 
Say did the God, when life he gave, 
Design his Image for a slave? — 
Necessity, the tyrant's law. 
All human race doth this way draw. 
All prompted by the same desire 
The vigorous youth, and aged sire — 
Observe, the coward and the bold 
Agree to have their freedom sold ; 
Physician, lawyer, and divine 
All make oblation at this shrine. 

Yet from this dismal state of things 
In time a new creation springs ; 
From vile materials, fresh, shall rise 
And fill the earth, and air, and skies ; 
In various forms appear again, 
Popes, Presidents, and gentlemen : 
So Jove pronounc'd among the Gods, 
Olympus trembling as he nods ! 



1797] ON THE INVASION OF ROME 1 35 

ON THE INVASION OF ROME' 

In 1796 

Lo ! to the gates of long forgotten Rome 
Active as flame, the gallic legions come, 
While pale with fear to their despotic wastes 
On shortened wing the Austrian army hastes. 

Where, consecrated to the pagan god 
The silent vestal graced his dark abode, 
Where Ccesars, once, in awful grandeur reign'd. 
Or, Vandals ruin'd what of Rome remain'd. 
Or where, excresence of a later age. 
The mitred pontiff trod religion's stage. 
There march the heroic bands that bring defeat, 
Or bring reform on superstition's seat. 

And may their march to honor's purpose tend. 
May each new conquest all the past transcend, 
Still may those hosts their first great plan pursue, 
And honor, freedom, virtue keep in view. 
Thus taught ; and still propitious heaven their trust, 
All past mis-rule shall crumble to the dust. 
Nor will saint Peter, more, their cause regard. 
Lost are his keys and every gate unbarr'd. 

No sacred reliques from some saintly grave. 
No saint Sebastian shall from ruin save : 
All, all must yield ; submissive to the dart 
Of Gaul's firm legions led by Bonaparte, 
Who, sent by heaven, to Rome's disastrous walls 
Loud and more loud for his last victim calls ; 
While superstition's dark inveterate train 
Turns pale, and sickens at their blasted reign. 
And hosts reviving, round the standard throng, 
Exult, and wonder how they slept so long. 

" From the edition of 1815. 



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ON THE DEATH OF CATHARINE IP 

Empress of all the Russias 

Confusion to that iron sway 
Which bids the brute, not man, obey, 
And dooms him to Siberian soil. 
Chains, whips, and vassalage, and toil. 

This female wolf, whom wolves did nurse, 
So long of polar worlds the curse, 
This Catharine, skill'd in royal arts. 
To the dark world at last departs. 

In style, the second of her name. 
She to the crown by treason came ; 
To Peter, drowsy, royal drone. 
She gave a prison for a throne. 

She would have sent her Tartar bands 
To waste and ravage gallic lands. 
She would have sent her legions o'er, 
Columbia ! to invade your shore ! — 

But, even in conquest, she foresaw 
Destruction to despotic law ; 
She fear'd, in hordes returning home. 
That liberty would with them come. 

She fear'd the savage from the den 
Would see and learn the rights of men ; 
And hence, in time, destruction bring 
To hell's vicegerents — queen and king. 

No thanks to her ! she fear'd her beasts, 
Enslaved by kings, enslaved by priests. 
Even if all freedom they o'er ran. 
Would learn the dignity of man ; 
' From the edition of 1815. Catharine II died November 6, 1796. 



1797] PREFATORY LINES 1 37 

And kept them home, and held them there, 
Oppression's iron reign to bear ; 
And never meet a beam of light, 
Involved in worse than Zembla's night. 

Now she is dead, and Paul will rise 
As fierce as she, but not as wise ; 
He may his barbarous millions send. 
He may the fall of France intend ; 

But they who see with keener eye 
Will see them faint, will see them fly ; 
With hostile step will see them come 
To turn their backs, or meet their doom. 



PREFATORY LINES ^ 

To a Periodical Publication 
Wherever this volume ^ may chance to be read 
For the feast of good humor a table I spread ; 
Here are dishes by dozens ; whoever will eat 
Will have no just cause to complain of the treat. 

If the best of the market is not to be had 

I'll help you to nothing that's seriously bad ; ' 

To sense and to candor no place I refuse. 

Pick here and pick there, and wherever you choose.* 

If I give you a frolic I hope for no fray ; 
My style I adapt to the taste of the day, 

iFrom the edition of 1815. This was Freneau's salutatory in the first number 
of the Time-Piece, March 13, 1797. Here it bore the title " Poetical Address " 
and differed in many respects from the final version. I have indicated in the fol- 
lowing notes only the most significant revisions. 

2 " Our pages." — Time- Piece. 

3 "We'll mend what is middling, and better the bad." — Id. 

* "And give the due substance and sum of the News." — li. 



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The feast of amusement we draw from all climes, 
The best we can give in a run of hard times.* 

The guest, whom the pepper of satire may bite 
Is wrong, very wrong, if he shows us his spite ; ^ 
Should a fit of resentment be-ruffle his mind. 
Sit still, I would tell him, be calm and resign'd.' 

In the service of freedom forever prepared, 

We have done* our endeavor the goddess to guard ; 

This idol, whom reason should only adore. 

And banish'd from Europe,^ to dwell on our shore. 

In a country like this, exalted by fame. 
The trade of an author ° importance may claim 
Which monarchs would never permit them to find, 
Whose views are to chain and be-darken the mind. 

Ye sons of Columbia ! our efforts befriend ; 
To you all the tyrants of Europe shall bend 
Till reason at length shall illumine the balF 
And man from his state of debasement recall. 

Republics of old, that are sunk in the dust. 
Could once like our own, of their liberty boast ; 
Both virtue and wisdom in Athens appear'd, 
Each eye saw their charms, and all bosoms revered. 

But as virtue and morals fell into disgrace 
Pride, splendor, and folly stept into their place ; 

1 " Embark'd on this ocean, and wishing no fray, 

We'll strive for a chance with the prints of the day ; 

The news of all nations import from all climes, 

And carefully copy the cast o/The Times." — Time-Piece. 

*"In political squib or poetical wit." — lb. 

' "He's equally free to return it in kind." — lb. 

<"We'll join."— 7/5. 

'"Britain."—/*. 

^" Of the Press."—/*. 

' " 'Tis THIS that will throw a new light on the ball." — lb. 



1797] ON THE WAR WITH FRANCE 1 39 

Where virtues domestic no longer were known, 
Simplicity lost, and frugality flown. 

Where the virtues, that always a republic adorn, 
Were held in contempt, or were laugh'd into scorn. 
There, tyrants and slaves were the speedy effect 
Of virtue dishonor'd or fall'n to neglect : ^ 

Then tyrants and slaves, the worst plagues of this earth. 
From the lapse of good manners ^ were hatch'd into birth ; 
And soon the base maxim all popular grew. 
And allowed, that the many were made for the few. 

From the fate of republics, or Athens, or Rome, 
Tis time we should learn a sad lesson at home— - 
From their faults and their errors a warning receive. 
And steer from the shoals where they both found a grave. 

Columbians ! forever may freedom remain. 
And virtue forever that freedom maintain ; 
To these, all attracting, all views should submit 
All labors of learning, all essays of wit. 

Tis time a new system of things was embraced 
To prevail on a planet so often debased ; ^ 
As here, with our freedom, that system began. 
Here, at least keep it pure — for the honor of man. 



ON THE WAR^ 

Projected with the Republic of France 

The cause that rests on reason's ground. 
Shall potent through the world be found, 

1 This stanza not in the Time-Piece version. 

2 ' ' The change of old manners. " — lb. 

3 " To encircle a world that has long been debas'd." — lb. 

'From the edition of 1815. It appeared first in the Time-Piece, March 29, 
1797, under the title " To the Americans." 



I40 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Mankind must yield to that decree 
Which humbles pride and tyranny. 

O'er this wide globe what darkness broods, 
What misery, murder, wars and feuds ! — 
Does man deserve the solar light 
While he performs the deeds of night? 

When to the gates of modern Rome 
We see the gallic legions come, 
Their triumphs should, in honor, be 
To make them men, and make them free. 

In these new wars new views we trace. 
Not fetters for the human race. 
And, France, where'er you dart your rays 
Old superstition's reign decays. 

But look again ! — what myriads join 
The vast reform to undermine ! 
What labor, bribes, and deep-laid schemes 
To quench the sun, and reason's beams ! 

Shall these succeed? and will that sun 
Continue, still, his race to run 
O'er scenes that he must blush to see 
Disorder, chains, and tyranny? 

Must systems, still, of monstrous birth. 
Enslave mankind, deform this earth? 
No ! — to the question answers fate. 
These efforts come an age too late. 

In such a system to combine, 
Columbia, can the wish be thine ! 
Could such a thought assail your heart, 
To take that base, ungrateful part. 



1797] TO MYRTALIS 141 

From Britain's yoke so lately freed 
Would she her hosts, her legions lead 
To crush that power, which jointly gain'd 
And once her sinking cause sustain'd ? 

From all true hearts be banish'd far 
The thought of so profane a war — 
A curse would on her arms attend 
And all her well-earn'd honors end. 

Fortune no more your toils would crown, 
Your flag would fall before her frown ; 
No gallant men the foe would dare, 
No Greenes no Washingtons appear ; 

No chiefs, that check'd the pride of kings 
On Monmouth's plains — at Eutaw springs; 
But blundering hordes, not brave or warm. 
With broken heart, and nerveless arm. 

Would sail, to attack your gallic foe. 
Would strive in vain a cause t'o'erthrow 
Which, sink or not, will live in fame, 
While Europe can one patriot claim. 



TO MYRTALIS^ 

■On her Lightning Wires, or Conductors * 

How bold this project, to defy 

The artillery of a summer sky : 

Round you, unmoved, the lightning plays. 

While others perish in the blaze. 

*See Brydone's Letters from Sicily to Becksford, alderman of London. In 
one of these he seems, rather seriously, to argue, that any one, by being armed 
with a conductor, in a thunder squall, may probably be secure from danger of 
lightning. — It is said the plan has been carried into practice in Scotland. — 
Freneau^ s Note. 

' Published in the Time-Piece, April 7, 1797- Text from the 1809 edition. 



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The fluid fire, in deafening peals, 
Along the warm conductor steals ; 
And thence directed to the ground, 
It glances off without a wound ! 

Thus guarded, while the heavens are bowed. 
You, fearless, see the passing cloud ; 
And Jove's red bolts unheeded fall, 
Near You, who slight, or scorn them all. 

The beaver on your sacred scull, 
(Secure as Salamander's wool) 
Assists to keep from your rigg'd head 
The flash that strikes us, wretches, dead. 

But while the sulphur of the skies, 
Disarmed, from this fair lady flies ; 
Or while the warm electric fire 
In flashes darts along her spire, 

She, not so merciful or kind, 
(Or we, not guarded to her mind) 
By Cupid's darts, procures our fall. 
By Cupid's arrows kills us all. 



TO MR. BLANCHARD^ 

The celebrated ^ronaut, on his ascent in a Balloon, from the 
jail-yard in Philadelphia, 1793 

By Science taught, on silken wings 
Beyond our grovelling race you rise. 
And, soaring from terrestial things. 
Explore a passage to the skies — 

' Published in the Time-Piece and Literary Companion, May 15, I797i 
under the title " Stanzas Written Some Years Since on Mr. Blanchard's Forty- 
fifth Ascension from the Jail- Yard in Philadelphia, January 9, 1793." Text from 
the 1795 edition. 



1797] TO MR. BLANCHARD 1 43 

O, could I thus exalted sail, 

And rise, with you, beyond the Jail ! 

Ah ! when you rose, impell'd by fear 
Each bosom heav'd a thousand sighs ; 
To you each female lent a tear. 
And held the 'kerchief to her eyes : 
All hearts still follow'd, as you flew. 
All eyes admir'd a sight so new. 

Whoe'er shall thus presume to fly, 
While downward with disdain they look 
Shall own this journey, through the sky, 
The dearest jaunt they ever took ; 
And choose, next time, without reproach, 
A humbler seat in Inskeep's coach. 

The birds, that cleave the expanse of air, 
Admiring, view your globe full-blown, 
And, chattering round the painted car. 
Complain your flight out-does their own : 
Beyond their track you proudly swim. 
Nor fear the loss of life or limb. 

How vast the height, how grand the scene 
That your enraptured eye surveys. 
When, towering in your gay machine. 
You leave the astonish'd world to gaze. 
And, wandering in the setherial blue. 
Our eyes, in vain, your course pursue. 

The Orb of Day, how dazzling bright ! 
In paler radiance gleams the Moon, 
And Terra, whence you took your flight. 
Appears to you — a meer balloon : 
Its noisy crew no longer heard, 
Towns, cities, forests, disappear'd. 



144 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Yet, travelling through the azure road, 
Soar not too high for human ken ; 
Reflect, our humble safe abode 
Is all that Nature meant for men : 
Take in your sails before you freeze. 
And sink again among the trees. 



ON HEARING^ 

A Political Oration, Superficially Composed on an Important Subject 

Sound without sense, and words devoid of force, 

Through which no art could find a clue, 
And mean and shackling was the whole discourse 

That kept me, TuUy, long from you. 

Heads of harangues, to heads less general, split, 
Seem'd like small laths, cleft from some heavy log ; 

I heard the inference, that no object hit — 
All congelation, vapor, smoke, or fog. 

1 From the 1815 edition. In the edition of 1809 it bore the title: "The 
American Demosthenes. Occasioned by a very weak and insipid discourse on a 
Fourth of July, indirectly reprobating the Democratic Representative System." 
This version consisted of the first, second, and last stanzas above, with the follow- 
ing after the second stanza : 

" Grunts, and long groans, and periods of a mile. 
Were on the sleepy audience tumbled down ; — 
'Twas thus from forts, contrived in antique style, 

From Troy's high walls 

(Where flew no balls) 

The men who fought 

With reason thought. 

They had a right 

From that safe height, 
(By way of lessening their besiegers' number) 

To tumble on their heads 

Rocks, beams, or roofs of sheds, 
Cows' horns, bricks, rubbish, chamber pots, or lumber." 



1797] ON A POLITICAL ORATION I45 

And what avail'd the argument unsound 

That nothing proved, or on the expecting mind 

Forced no conviction — just as well might sound 
To the deaf ear with sentiments abound. 

Long did we wait for application time 

To find what sense or reason might apply : — 

It came — attended with the false sublime, 

And thread-bare truths, no mortal could deny. 

Repeated thoughts, and periods of a mile. 

Remarks devoid of dignity or power. 
Exploded notions, dress'd in brilliant style. 

Exhausted patience, and consumed the hour. 

Thus when of old some town some folks besieged, 
Before the walls the invader sat him down, 

While those who mann'd them, at their foes enraged. 
Threw many a load of ancient lumber down ; 

And wore them out, with tumbling on their heads 

Bricks, tiles, and paving-stones, huge logs of timber. 

Pump-water, cold or boiling, shovels, spades, — 
And more, by far, than you or I remember. 

Ah, speaker ! with artillery like your own 

Hard will it be one Federal to awake. 
Trust me, although you scold, and chafe, and frown. 
You may besiege, but are not like to take 

Their three wall'd town. 



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MEGARA AND ALTAVOLA^ 

To a Female Satirist (an English Actress) on receiving from her No. l 
of a very Satirical and Biting Attack * 

" In the rag, in the rag — whewgh ! — 
" O well-flown dart." — 

Shakespeare s King Lear. 

A Satire is arrived this day, 
And it must be repelled this night : 
Ye Powers ! assist us what to say, 
For, from ourselves, we nothing write. 

We could have laughed at all you said, 
But when you writ — it struck us dead ! — 
Megara ! — do forbear to write. 
Or rage with less malignant spite. 

Leave it to men to snap and snarl — 

Be you the sweet engaging girl — 

Great in your smiles — weak in your arm — 

All vengeance, with no power to harm. 

I'll borrow from a scribbling set 
A Raven's feather, black as jet. 
And with the vengeance of the pen 
Create confusion in your Den. 

This, from an impulse all unknown. 
Shall temper down your heart of stone. 
Turn storms of hail to showers of rain. 
And bring your happy smiles again. 

But still, unwilling to resent 
What folly for a Satire meant, 

* Six copies only, of this little Poem were printed and sent to the satirist — 
here the correspondence ended, 1797- — Freneau' s note. 

' I have found no trace of this outside of the 1809 edition. 



1797] MEGARA AND ALTAVOLA 1 47 

Peruse a fable that may blast, 

And your number one — make number last. 

In ancient times, no matter when, 
A lady, in some ancient reign 
(Perhaps in Greece, perhaps in Rome, 
Perhaps in countries nearer home.) 

This lady, rather fond of Fun, 
Had put a suit of armour on : 
With bow and arrows, and her fan 
She conquered many an honest man. 

One day she met, in a desart waste 

A wight unseemely to her taste ; 

His brow, "she thought, had too much frown ; 

Thought she, " I'll fetch the fellow down." 

And strait she bends her twanging bow, 
And to his breast the arrows go ! 
They tore a passage through his vest, 
But bounded from his solid chest. 

Another dart she aimed, and missed. 
Then boarded him, and bit his fist — 
Her grinders left a trifling mark — 
They were not grinders of a shark. 

She scampered then, and, as she flew, 
Another feeble arrow threw, 
Which though intended for one spot. 
It glanced aside, and touched him not. 

Enraged, he threw his mantle off. 

And said. She shall be plagued enough ! 

Then, swift as fate, her pace defied. 

Out went her trot, and joined her side. — 



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Megara was in such a glow ! — 
When thus the ruffian hailed her, " Hoa! — 
What, Madam, are your spirits low? — 
Heave to ! — you are my prisoner now ! " — 

Megara saw that all was gone ! — 
She saw, her teeth would now be drawn : 
She saw her weapons were his prize, 
She saw it, and with flowing eyes. 
And with a feeble squeak or two. 
She faintly bawled out, Who are you? 

A Itavola 

"From whence I came, or what I am, 
" Perhaps I may inform you, Ma'atm: 
" I come from lands of Pure Delight, 
" Where female warriors do not Bite. 

' ' You view me with an eye of scorn ! — 
' ' When I was old you were unborn : 
" When I aspired on eagle's wings 
"You were among unthought of things. 

' ' And did you hope to escape my rage, 
" You toy-shop on a strolling stage ! 
"You insect of a puny race, 
' ' You baggage formed of gauze and lace ! 
" The proudest strength you can assume, 
" Shakes not one feather from my plume. 

" My lot is in the aether cast, 

' ' I sail upon the northern blast ; 

" Am mostly seen when whirlwinds rise, 

" And love the storm that rends the skies. 

" When thunders roar and lightnings flash, 
" Then is my time to cut a dash : 



1797] MEGARA AND ALTAVOLA I49 

' The clouds of hell alarm me less 

' Than you, some sad old fashioned dress. 

' And, if to answer some great end, 

' I to this wrangling world descend, 

' With force unknown, and pinions strong, 

' I travel quick and stay not long. 

' My spear is like a weaver's beam, 
' And pointed well at each extreme ; 
' It flies with a tremendous force, 
' And rivals lightning in its course. 

' Of all things that are seen or known, 
' I hate a Calm — and say, Begone 
' Stagnation from this rolling ball, 
' Or slumbers in this Dreadful All ! 

' I rise upon the drift of snow — 
' In polar frosts my spirits glow — 
' In the torrid zone, I temperate keep, 
' And wake ! — when you, Megara, sleep. 

' I come from ghosts, that dreary brood, 
' Whose aspect would congeal your blood ! 
' A people on the infernal coast, 
' Who know me well, and love me most. 

' I courted there, and found her kind, 

' A ghostess, suited to my mind ; 

' Her wedding gown was flounced with soot, 

' And near her nose hung snuff and smut : 

' She pointed to her father's gate, 

' (A graveyard was his whole estate) 

' The bars were weak, the boards were thin, 

' She sung a psalm — and took me in. 

' Of shadowy stuff my parents were, 
' Composed of fogs, or framed of air : 



1 50 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

' He sold his brimstone to the skies, 
' While nitre kindled in Her eyes. 

' They feasted on the vapours blue, 
' Their glass of wine was evening dew ; 
' On Etna's top they made their bed, 
' And there was I, their devil, bred. 

' My prowess is almost adored, 
' I blunt the edge of Orion's sword ; 
' I seize Aquarius by the throat, 
' Nor care for Libra, or the Goat. 

' My word is, when I meet my foes, 
' Here's to the Lucky Wind that blows ! 
' And, instant, all is sighs and groans, 
' And battered heads, and broken bones. 

' I now reward you for your spite — 

' I draw my weapon — see, how bright ! 

' My last exploit in war I crown, 

'And thus — and thus — I throw you down! 

' Ah, miscreant ! why that scream of death ? 
' I only meant to — draw your teeth ! — 
' Oh no ! — I scorn to take your life — 
' Go, Madam, — be a prudent wife. 
' But, lady, I would have you know 
' You lose your arrows and your bow : 

' They are indeed of slender make, 
' And, in your hands might kill a rake : 
' So, to prevent such fatal harms, 
' I leave you destitute of arms — 
' I now must go! " — he, laughing, said, 
And vanished to the Stygian shade. 

This contest with Megara done. 
Thou dear, defeated Amazon ! — 



1797] THE REPUBLICAN FESTIVAL 151 

As happy, now, as man can be, 
I hang my pen on yonder tree : 

It only asks one day of rest. 
It yields to every changing blast — 
Yes — let it stay suspended there. 
And strike My Colours — if you dare ! 



THE REPUBLICAN FESTIVAL' 
In Compliment to Colonel Munroe, on his return to America, 1797 

As late at a feast that she gave to Munroe, 

Her mark of attention to show. 
Young liberty gave her libations to flow. 

To honor where honor is due. 

Return'd from the country that trampled on crowns 

Where high in opinion he stood, 
Dark malace attack'd him, with sneers, and with frowns, 

But he met the applause of the good. 

To the Knight of the Sceptre unwelcome he came 

But freedom his merit confess'd — 
He look'd at their malice, and saw it was fame, 

And pity forgave them the rest. 

Good humor, and pleasure, and friendship did join, 

And reason the pleasure increased ; 
And the hero, who captured the British Burgoyne, 

Presided and honor'd the feast. 

1 From the edition of 1815. Monroe was United States Minister to France 
from May, 1 794, until August, 1 796, when he was recalled for lack of sympathy 
with the administration. He did not arrive in America until the following year; 
He was loudly hailed by the Republican forces, and a dinner was arranged for 
him in Philadelphia over which General Gates presided and at which Jefferson, the 
Vice President, Dayton, the Speaker, McKean, the Chief Justice, and many others 
conspicuous in the government were present. 



152 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

On a broomstick from hell, with a quill in his hand, 

Baal-Zephou came riding the air ; 
He look'd, and he saw that among the whole band 

Not a single apostate was there. 

Disappointed, he sigh'd, but still hover'd about 
Till the toasts, with a vengeance, began — 

He met the first four; when the next they gave out* 
To his cavern he fled back again. 

In liberty's temple, the petulant cur 

Could see not a man but he hates ; 
With a curse on her cause, and a sneer, and a spur 

He fled from the frown of a Gates. 



ODE' 

For July the Fourth, 1 799 

Once more, our annual debt to pay. 
We meet on this auspicious day 
That will, through every coming age, 
Columbia's patriot sons engage. 

From this fair day we date the birth. 
Of freedom's reign, restored to earth, 

* Public censure, arm'd with the spear of Ithurial : may it discover the demons 
of tyranny, wherever they lurk, and pursue them to their native obscurity. — Fre- 
neau's note. 

iFrom the edition of 1815. The title is manifestly wrong. The poem was 
first printed in a small pamphlet with the following title page : 

' ' Means | for the | Preservation | of | Public Liberty. | An | Oration | delivered 
in the New Dutch Church, | on the | Fourth of July, 1797. | Being the twenty- 
first I Anniversary of our Independence. | By G. J. Warner. | [ Ten lines from 
Freneau] \ New York : | Printed at the Argus Office, | for | Thomas Greenleaf 
and Naphtali Judah. | 1797." 

At the end of the pamphlet is the poem with the title : "Ode | (Composed 
for the Occasion, by P. Freneau. ) | The Musick Performed | by the | Uranian 
Musical Society." 



1797] ODE FOR JULY THE FOURTH 153 

And millions learn, too long depraved, 
How to be govern'd, not enslaved.^ 

Thou source of every true delight 

Fair peace, extend thy sway, 
While to thy temple we invite 

All nations on this day.^ 

O dire effects of tyrant power ! 
How have ye darken'd every hour, 
And made those hours embitter'd flow 
That nature meant for joys below. 

With sceptred pride, and brow of awe 
Oppression gave the world her law. 
And man, who should such law disdain, 
Resign'd to her malignant reign. 

Here on our quiet native coast 
No more we dread the warring host 
That once alarm'd, when Britain rose, 
And made Columbia's sons her foes. 

Parent of every cruel art 
That stains the soul, that steels the heart, 
Fierce war, with all thy bleeding band. 
Molest no more this rising land. 

May thy loud din be changed for peace. 
All human woe and warfare cease, 
And nations sheath the sword again 
To find a long, pacific reign.* 

' This stanza in 1797 was : 

" Red war will soon be chang'd for peace, 

All human woe for human bliss, 

And nations that embrace again 

Enjoy a long pacific reign. ' ' 
2 This stanza was the chorus to be repeated after every eight lines. 
' This stanza is not in the original version. 



154 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU ['79° 

Soon may all tyrants disappear 
And man to man be less severe ; 
The ties of love more firmly bind, 
Not fetters, that enchain mankind. 

But virtue must her strength maintain. 
Or short, too short, is freedom's reign, 
And, if her precepts we despise, 
Tyrants and kings again will rise.^ 

No more an angry, plundering race. 
May man in every clime embrace. 
And we on this remoter shore. 
Exult in bloody wars no more. 

On this returning annual day 

May we to heaven our homage pay, 

Happy, that here the time's began 

That made mankind the friend of man ! — 



ADDRESS' 

To the Republicans of America 

Say — shall we pause, and here conclude our page, 

Or waft it onward to the coming age ? — 

Just as You say, whose efforts shook his throne. 

And plucked the brightest gem from George's crown — 

Who, armed in Freedom's cause with hearts of steel. 

Have through these stormy times toiled for the common 

weal; 
Nor quit that standard thousands have deserted. 
By foreign arts, or gold, or titles re-converted. 

1 The chorus at this point was changed in the original edition to : 
' ' O Virtue ! source of pure delight. 
Extend thy happy sway, etc." 
"First published in the Time-Piece, September 13, 1797. Freneau used this 
poem to end Volume I of his edition of 1809. I have followed the latter version. 



1797] ADDRESS TO THE REPUBLICANS I 55 

If You, propitious to the press and pen, 
Gave vigour to the cause that roused up men 
When slavery's sons approached with Britain's fleet, 
Still we demand your aid — for Britain hates you yet: 
Not with the sword and gun she now contends 
But wages silent war, and by corruption bends, 
Foe to the system that enlightens man. 
Here, thrones she would erect, and frustrate Freedom's 
plan. 

Here, on this virgin earth, the soil unstained. 

Where yet no tyrant has his purpose gained. 

Keep bright that flame which every bosom fired 

When Hessian hirelings from these lands retired. 

When, worn and wasted, all that murdering crew 

And British squadrons from the Hudson flew ; 

When, leagued with France, you darts of vengeance 

hurled. 
And bade defiance to the despot world. 

Ye heirs and owners of the future age 

Who soon will shove old actors from the stage. 

To you the care of liberty they trust 

When Washington and Gates are laid in dust — 

When Jefferson, with Greene, in long repose 

Shall sleep, unconscious of your bliss or woes. 

Seeming to say. Be wise, be free, my sons. 

Nor let one tyrant trample on our bones. 



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TO PETER PORCUPINE.^ 

From Penn's famous city what hosts have departed, 
The streets and the houses are nearly deserted, 

But still there remain 

Two Vipers, that's plain, 
Who soon, it is thought, yellow flag will display ; 

Old Porcupine preaching. 

And Fenno beseeching 
Some dung-cart to wheel him away. 

Philadelphians, we're sorry you suffer by fevers. 
Or suffer such scullions to be your deceivers ; 

Will. Pitt's noisy whelp 

With his red foxy scalp 
Whom the kennels of London spew'd out in a fright. 

Has skulk'd over here 

To snuffle and sneer. 
Like a puppy to snap, or a bull dog to bite. 

If cut from the gallows, or kick'd from the post. 
Such fellows as these are of England the boast 

But Columbia's disgrace ! 

Begone from that place 

1 Published in the Time-Piece, September 13, I797> ^nd never again reprinted 
by Freneau. The poem bore the following introduction : 

"Among a despicable mess of scurrility in one of Porcupine's Gazettes of 
last week, he mentions that 'he was plagued with the Time-Piece for several 
months. ' — It has also been a plague to some others of his brethren, and will go 
on to be so, till they are hustled into their native dog kennels. — At the com- 
mencement of the Time-Piece, by way of soliciting an exchange of papers, the 
Editor transmitted one copy to each printer of a newspaper in Philadelphia. The 
compliment was immediately returned by them all except Porcupine. The Editor 
of the Time-Piece was in no want of his dirty vehicle of ribaldry, for the pur- 
poses of compilation. The paper, however, continued to be sent for a few weeks, 
till finding the hoggishness of the fellow, in not consenting to an exchange, the 
transmission was discontinued. ' ' 



1797] ON THE ATTEMPTED LAUNCH 1 57 

That was dignified once by a Franklin and Penn, 

But infested by you 

And your damnable crew 
Will soon be deserted by all honest men. 



ON THE ATTEMPTED LAUNCH ^ 

Of a Frigate, designed for war against a Sister Republic. — 1 798 

Unless it be for mere defence 
May shipwrights fail to launch you hence, 
At best, the comrade of old Nick — 
Some folks will smile to see you stick. 

But now, suppose the matter done, 
And her the element upon ; 
What cause have we mad wars to wage 
Or join the quarrels of the age ? 

Remote from Europe's wrangling race. 
Who show us no pacific face 
Let's tread negociation's track 
Before we venture to attack. 

But to the seas if we must go, 
'Tis clearly seen who is the foe, 
Who hastens, at no distant date. 
To repossess his lost estate. 

I see them raise the storm of war, 
To cloud the gay Columbian star, 
I see them, bloody, brave and base 
Make us the object of their chase. 

Their ships of such superior might 
All we possess will put to flight, 
Or bear them off, with all on board, 
To make a meal for George the third. 

^Text from the 181 5 edition. 



158 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

One frigate, only, will not do — 
She must retreat while they pursue. 
To make her drink affliction's cup. 
And, heaven preserve us, eat her up. 

A navy of stupendous strength 
'Tis plain, must be our lot at length, 
To sweep the seas, to guard the shore. 
And crush their haughtiest seventy four. 

Those puny ships that now we frame, 
(The way that England plays her game) 
Will to their bull-dogs fall a prey 
The hour we get them under weigh. — 



ON THE LAUNCHING OF THE FRIGATE 
CONSTITUTION^ 

The builders had the ship prepared, 
And near her stood a triple guard, 

For fear of secret foes. 
Some, tiptoe stood to see her start. 
And would have said, with all their heart. 

In raptures, there she goes ! 

The stubborn ship, do what they could. 
Convinced them, she was made of wood 

Though plann'd with art supreme ; 
All art, all force the ship defy'd — 
Nor brilliant day, nor top of tide 

Could urge her to the stream. 

Some, with their airs aristocratic. 
And some with honors diplomatic, 

' Text from 1815 edition. 



1797] ON THE FREE USE OF THE LANCET 159 

Advanced to see the show : 
In vain the builder to her call'd — 
In vain the shipwrights puU'd and haul'd — 

She could not — would not go. 

Each anti-federal, with a smile 
Observed the yet unfloating pile 

As if he meant to say, 
Builder, no doubt, you know your trade, 
A constitution you have made 
But should her ways have better laid. 

Well now to heave the ship afloat. 

To move from this unlucky spot, 

Take our advice, and give them soon, 
What should have long ago been done. 

Amendments — You Know What. 



ON THE FREE USE OF THE LANCET" 

In Yellow Fevers * 

In former days your starch'd divines 
From notes of twenty thousand lines 

Held many a long dispute ; 
One argued this, one argued that. 
And reverend wigs, as umpires sat. 

All sophists to confute. 

* A practice very prevalent at the time the above was written. — Freneau's 
note. 

' From the edition of 1815. The yellow fever epidemic of 1797 created more 
than usual consternation. It was supposed to be of a more deadly type than that 
of 1793. The medical profession was divided as to the treatment of the disease. 
"Two hostile schools sprang up. At the head of one was William Currie. 
Benjamin Rush led the other. The Currie men declared the fever was imported 
and contagious. The Rush school maintained that it was not. Filthy streets, 
they held, and loathsome alleys had much to do with the sickness, and they urged 
the use of mercurial purges and the copious letting of blood. ' ' — Mc Master. 



l6o POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

They dwelt on things beyond their ken 
And teazed and puzzled simple men 

To hold them in the dark ; 
But their long season now is past, 
The churchman's horn has blown its blast, 

Things take a different mark. 

Physicians now to quiet pain 
Stick lancet in the patient's vein 

That burns with feverish heat : 
The next contend, they're wholly wrong, 
That life will leak away ere long 

If thus the case they treat. 

Meantime a practice gets about. 
Perhaps to make some doctors pout : 
Old Shelah, with her herbs and teas, 
And scarce a shilling for her fees. 
In many instances, at least. 
When deaths and funerals increased, 
Did more to dispossess the fever. 
Did more from dying beds deliver 
Than all the hippocratian host 
Could by the lancet's virtue boast ; 
To which, I trow, full many a ghost 
Will have a grudge forever. 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES l6l 

THE BOOK OF ODES' 

ODE I 



' ' He that readeth not in the Book of Odes is like a man standing with 
his face against a wall ; he can neither move a step forward, nor 
survey any object." — Hau Kiou Choaan. 



Blest is the man who shuns the place 

Where Demo's love to meet, 
Who scorns to gnaw their bread and cheese, 

And hates their small beer treat : 

But in the glare of splendid halls 
Doth place his whole delight, 

' These odes first appeared in the Time-Piece, where they were pubUshed in 

rapid succession between October l6 and November 13, 1797. Three of them 

— the fourth, sixth, and eleventh — were republished, greatly revised, in the edi- 

■ tion of 1809. The eighth, tenth, and thirteenth were used in revised form in the 

1815 edition. The others are here republished for the first time. 

The first ode, which is manifestly an adaptation of Dr. Watts' well-known 
hymn, seems to have been objected to in some quarters, for in the Time-Piece for 
December 22 appeared the following : 

' ' Some serious animadversions appear in the Connecticut Courant on the first 
number of the Book of Odes, published in the Time-Piece of the 14th ult. being 
a profane parody, as the writer insinuates, on the first Psalm of David — where 
the aristocrat corresponds with the saint in the psalm, and the democrat with the 
impenitent sinner. These gentlemen writers ought to consider that the parody in 
question (as they choose to call it) was not meant to be sung through a deacon's 
nose, to the sound of the organ : nor yet to the timbrel of seven strings : it was 
merely intended to be harped upon out of doors, for the benefit of all good demo- 
crats, and the utter astoundment and confusion of the contrary character. In the 
name of common sense how did the printers of the Connecticut Courant dare to 
act so irreverantly as to place the parody before the psalm ? Are they trampling 
on all sanctity; or what do they mean? Let them beware— serious times are 
coming on, gentlemen : 

' Your life is but a vapour, sure, 
A mere old woman's qualm — 
And good king David's lyric harp, 
May close it — with a psalm. ' ' ' 
II 



l62 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

And there by day eats force-meat balls, 
And roasted hogs by night. 

He, like some thrifty pumpkin vine. 

Near Hartford that doth grow. 
Shall creep, and spread, and twist, and twine, 

And shade the weeds below. 

Puff'd by all dunces far and near 

He'll swell to station high. 
While Democrats confus'd appear 

As he rides rattling by. 

Not so the man of vulgar birth. 

And Democratic phiz ; 
Want, toil, and every plague on earth. 

Shall certainly be his. 

Poor as a snake, and ever vile 

Shall his condition be, 
Who to the men of royal style 

Neglects to bend the knee. 

He, with the herd of little note. 

May starve on bread and cheese, 
And soon shall be without a coat 
Or sent to pay jail-fees. 



ODE IP 
To THE Frigate Constitution 



' A ship carpenter being once asked, what sort of ships are the safest, he 
answered, those which are hauled up on dry land. ' ' 



Madam ! — Stay where you are, 
'Tis better, sure, by far 

1 Time-Piece, October 18, 1797. 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 163 

Than venturing on an element of danger, 
Where heavy seas and stormy gales 
May wreck your hulk and rend your sails, 

Or Europe's black-guards treat you like a stranger, 

When first you stuck upon your ways 
(Where half New England came to gaze) 
We antifederals thought it something odd 

That where all art had been display'd. 
And even the builder deem'd a little god, 
He had your ways not better laid. 

Omens, indeed, are now exploded, 
But you have something dismal boded : 
Say — must the navy-system go to rack, 
And things advance at such a rate 
That every wisely govern'd state 
Will hold the author of the scheme a quack. 

O frigate Constitution ! stay on shore : 
Why would you meet old Ocean's roar? 
Was man design'd 
To be confin'd 
In those fire-spitting hells a navy nam'd. 
Where Vice herself, abash'd, asham'd. 

Turns from the horrid scene of blood and bones, 
And mangled carcases of men; and grunts and 
groans. 

Remaining on the stocks, in gloomy pride. 
Without an anchor thou shalt safely ride ; 

No pumping there. 

To make men swear. 

Waves you'll despise, 

Tho' fierce they rise 
To heaven when storms and tempests blow : 



1 64 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Steady as fate, unmov'd will you appear 
When other ships the foaming surges tear — 
No fear of broaching to. 

Nor useless need you be, if right we deem, 
For harmless purposes you proper seem — 
Scorn to be made a bloody, murdering den ; 
Let folks of sense 
At less expense 

Convert you into stores — to bring in rents ; 
Stow pumpkins there — or anything but Men. 



ODE IIP 

To Duncan Doolittle 

A • ' half-starved ' ' Democrat 



' Lodge where you must, drink small-beer where you can, 
' But eat no roast pig, if no Federal man. ' ' 



Duncan, with truth it may be said. 
Your mouth was made for rye or barley bread ; 
What claim have you to halls of state. 
Whose business is to stand and wait, 

Subserviant to command? 
What right have you to white-bread, superfine. 
Who were by nature destin'd for " a swine" — 
As said good Edmund Burke, 
The drudge of Britain's dirty work. 

Whose mighty pamphlets rous'd the royal band ! 

When passing by a splendid dome of pride 
By speculation built (and built so vast 
That there a standing army might reside) 
Say, Duncan, stood you not aghast, 

•The Time- Piece, October 20, 1797. 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 165 

When gazing up (like fox that look'd for grapes) 
You saw so many things in curious shapes, 
Trees rang'd along the table, 
And sugar-columns, far above the rabble, 
With roses blooming in October, 
And wisdom's figure — dull and sober. 
Ah ! how you smack'd your lips, and look'd so wishful 
When pigs and poultry — many a lovely dish-full. 
Imparted to your nose the savoury scent 
For royal noses — not for Duncan's — meant. 

For things like these you, caitiff, were not born — 

A pewter spoon was for your chops intended ; 
Some shins of beef, and garlands made of thorn — 

On things like these has Freedom's feast depended. 
Though in the days of fight you musquet carried. 

Or wandered up and down, a cannon-hauling. 
Better you might in Jericho have tarried 

And rebel-starving made your loyal calling. 
Among our far-fam'd chieftains that are dead 
(Like beer set by in mug without a lid, 
And sure, a half -gill glass I'll put it all in) 
I'll toast your health — yes, to the very brim 
And to the little gaping world proclaim 

You are a Hero fallen : 
One of the wights who dar'd all death, or wound. 
And warr'd for two and sixpence in the pound. 

Of public virtue you're a rare example — 

Go, mind your hoe, your pick-ax, or your spade ; 
A hut of six foot square shall be your " temple," 
And all your honour — strutting on parade. 
But pray, beware of public good ; 
It will not always find you food, 

And if your son should anything inherit, 
Bequeath him not your public spirit. 
But sixpence, to be train'd to sawing wood. 



1 66 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

ODE IV 1 

To Pest-Eli-Hali 

A Democratic Printer on the Western Banks of the Hudson 

No easy task that press assumes 

Which takes the lead in Freedom's band, 
And scatters in nocturnal glooms 

The blaze of Reason through our land : 
Each empty bellows would, no doubt, 
Rise, and aspire to put it out. 

Blamed though you are, pursue your way ; 

Night evermore precedes the sun ; 
Whate'er some angry king's-men say. 
You play a game that must be won : 
The bliss of man — is the great prize 
That yet at stake with tyrants lies. 

When first a mean, designing few 

Their poisonous dregs by Herald spread ; 
An antidote, by such as you. 

Was at the root of mischief laid ; 

With a simple herb from Reason's plains 
You kept all right in Freedom's veins. 

Now hostile views, and low design 

Are busy to annoy your page, 
Controul its strength, its fires confine. 
And war with sense and reason wage : 
They hope, with fogs to quench the sun. 
They hope your useful race is run. 

• From the edition of 1809, the text of which I have followed in all but the 
title which is " To a Democratic Editor." This poem first appeared in the Time- 
Piece, October 23, 1797, with the following introduction : " ' He that first put a 
real mark upon the forehead of the Beast was the inventor of Printing. This 
mark was impressed deeply, and becomes deeper from day to day. ' — Erasmus. ' ' 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 167 

But though some narrow hearts contrive 
To shove you from your mounted car ; 
Right pleasantly we see you drive, 
And hardly heed their little war : 
Like insects, creeping in the dirt. 
They merely serve to make you sport. 

Who looks at Kings, a court, a queen. 

With childish pomp, and borrowed fame. 
But wonders from what genius mean 
Their chaos of confusion came — 
Yet those on little things depend. 
And every reptile is their friend. 



ODE yi 
To Peter Porcupine 



' That one may write — and write — and be a villain, 

' At least, I'm sure it may be so in — Denmark." — Hamlet. 



' ' While with the loss of blood and spirits some faint, 
" Others are seen to rise, triumphant, 

" O'er slaughter'd thousands sent to Pluto's shores, 
' ' Where Stygian water in dull torrent roars — 
"What hosts, what myriads fell, 
" By lancet and by calomell, 
' ' All gone, in Philadelphia's epidemic, 
" And sent the substance of mankind to mimic." 

' The Time-Piece, October 25, 1797- William Cobbett, an English adven- 
turer, settled in Philadelphia in 1792. Under the signature "Peter Porcupine" 
he wrote many political pamphlets, and edited a paper called Porcupine' s Gazette. 
He left America in 1800 after having been convicted of libel. His works in 
twelve volumes, including many selections from the Gazette, were published in 
l8oi, in London. He was an avowed enemy to the Democrats of America ; he 
opposed the French interests, and abused roundly Dr. Priestly, Benjamin Frank- 
lin, and Dr. Rush. 



1 68 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

So said that Man divine 
Bold Peter Porcupine, 

Who through these climes his vast subscription 

spread, 
And rais'd four thousand ghosts; and struck with 
dread, 
All Democratic knaves, 
Disorganizing slaves — 
He with bold wit, 
And spirit and spit. 
From Nova Scotia to the woods of Maine, 
True federalism did maintain ; 

And through those mighty thriving states. 
Distributed his dainty, blackguard bits. 

Ah — Peter ! — Thou, poor lousy numps 
Who loadest little horses' rumps. 
And mak'st them trot and sweat. 

On sandy road 

Beneath the load 
Of trash call'd Peter Porcupine s Gazette. 
What have you done to claim Columbia's love 

That she — like some base — 

Should court a scoundrel from a foreign shore 
And make him tool to — some apostate Jove, 

Ah ! now I see poor Carolina's horses. 
With pedlar's pack, 
Pil'd high on back. 
Pursuing their mean, blackguard courses. 

Through solitary groves and woods of pine 

Transporting Goods, like thine, 

Damned stuff ! 

Of which Columbia, sure, has had — enough — 
There Pickens, Sumpter, Greene, for freedom fought. 
And Liberty her wonders wrought. 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 1 69 

What do I hear? And have we lent thee wings 
To waft thy poison into Eutaw Springs? 
Those, clearer than Castalia's waters, found, 
For many a hero, dead, who might have claim'd 
Life — but for brutish George, 
Who, having robb'd and plunder'd half the east, 
Came here to close his Vulture's feast. 

Now, Peter ! take advice from Doctor Rush ; 
And — convert to the system you would crush; 

Pray, let him draw your blackguard blood ; 

(And calomell might, also, do some good.) 
Four thousand drops exhausted from your veins 
Will save the future exercise of canes : 

And, tell him to be speedy with his lancet. 

For 'tis a truth ; and many dare advance it. 
That howe'er in life well fed. 
No Doctor bleeds a man — when dead. 



ODE VI 1 
Address to a Learned Pig 

Of Particular Eminence, who, in a certain Great City, was visited by 
Persons of the First Taste and Distinction 

O thou, marked out by Fate from vulgar swine. 

Among the learned of our age to shine. 

On whom 'squires, ladies, parsons, come to gaze. 

Bold, science-loving pig, 

Who, without gown or wig 
Can force your way through learning's thorny maze 

'Text from the edition of 1809. Originally in the Time-Piece, October 27, 
1797, with the following introduction : 

" Let but a dancing bear arrive, 
A pig that counts you four or five, 
And Cato, with his moral strain. 
Shall strive to mend the town — in vain." 



170 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

— How many high learned wights in days of old 
(Whom Fame has with the great enrolled) 

Starved by their wits — were banished, hanged, or sold ; 

— While you, on better ages fallen, O lucky swine ! 
Can by your wit on pyes and sweetmeats dine — 

When house and lands are gone and spent. 

Then learning is most excellent — 

(So says a proverb through the world well known) — 

You, that were pigged to grovel in a stye, 

Have left your swill for science high : — 

Without a rival of your race. 

You hold a most distinguished place — 

All that the heart can wish flows in to you. 

Who real happiness pursue, 

And are well fed, on whate'er hog stye thrown. 

Now, if one had the chance to choose one's state 
On this world's stage, and not controuled by Fate, 
Who would not wish to have his little brains 

Lodged in the head of Learned Pig, 

Rather than be a man, and toil, and sweat, and dig 
With all the sense the human scull contains. 

With Us, we all are wise, we all things know. 
But every pig — inferior is to you — 
The rest are fools and simpletons — and so — 
What, next, will be the science You attain? 
Science! — to You, that opens all her store? — 
Already have you in your sapient brain 
More than most aldermen — and gumption more 
Than some, who capers cut on Congress floor. 

May we not hope, in this improving age 
Of human things — to see on Terra's stage 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 1 71 

Hogs take the lead of men, and from their styes 
To honours, riches, office, rise ! 
Adepts in Latin, Commerce, Physick, Law ? — 
From what is seen, such inference we draw — 



ODE VIP 
On the Federal City 



"Thus Cain of old, poor Abel slain, 

" Departing from his native plain, 

" In land of Nod, beneath the heaven's frowns, 

" Built sky-topt towers and federal towns." 



Enough of learned pigs, 

Pigg'd for immense designs. 
And shame our men of mighty wigs — 

Enough of Peter Porcupines, 
Whose quills, like pop-guns shooting at a fort. 
Be sure have done the Demos mighty hurt, 
A subject now of real weight inspires. 
That soon will kindle every muse's fires, 

No less than federal town, 

Immortal in renown, 
Which in her district — ten miles square 
The center fills, like spider in her web 
Catching all silly flies that venture near. 
And fattening on the folly of the tribe. 

When fates decreed. 

Or nature said 

" This spot is destin'd for a future town," 

Between them both they so contriv'd the matter 

(Altho' perhaps not wholly wrong the latter) 

•From the Time- Piece, October 31, 1797. 



172 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

That this should be a town of silent halls 
And like Palmyra famous in the east, 

Erect her columns huge and lofty walls — 
Yet there in vain for men do travellers seek, 
And hardly meet a townsman once a week ! 

Virginia's sons, as through this town they pass 

Each cries, "Alas, 

No sound of fiddle here, 
All dull and drear. 

No merry bells that jingle on the ear. 
No glittering females, balls, or billiards dear — 
No fighting cocks, no gallant steeds for racing : 
Well-stap my vitals — is it not distressing ? 

No gallant ship with canvas swelling high 

Engaged in war or commerce passes by ; 
But corn-boats mean from Alleghany hills, 
Or buck- wheat laden hulks from country mills ! " 

Amidst these huge hotels and regal domes 
Frequent some townsman walks, as midst the tombs. 

And cries, ' ' The founders of this city blundered 

In rearing up such piles for eighteen hundred : 
Waiting for that must Congress absent stay ? — 
Ah ! curse the Law's delay ! 

Rather than hold them there, 

(Though, doubtless, it may sadly grieve her) 

May Philadelphia twelve months every year 
Be plagu'd and blooded for the yellow fever ! " 



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ODE VHP 
On the City Encroachments on the River Hudson 

Where Hudson, once, in all his pride 

In surges burst upon the shore 
They plant amidst his flowing tide 
Moles, to defy his loudest roar ; 

And lofty mansions grow where late 
Half Europe might discharge her freight. 

From northern lakes and wastes of snow 

The river takes a distant rise, 
Now marches swift, now marches slow. 
And now adown some rapid flies 

Till join'd the Mohawk, in their course 
They travel with united force. 

But cease, nor with too daring aim 

Encroach upon this giant flood ; 
No rights reserved by nature, claim, 
Nor on his ancient bed intrude : — 
The river may in rage awake 
And time restore him all you take. 

The eastern stream, his sister, raves 

To see such moles her peace molest 
A London built upon her waves. 

The weight of mountains on her breast : 
With quicken'd flow she seeks the main 
As on her bed new fabrics gain. 

•From the 1815 edition. The Time- Piece version, November I, 1797, bore 
the title " To Thos. Swawgum, a Wharf Builder," with the following introduction : 

" 'And Alexander built a solid mole from the coast, even unto the isle of 
Tyre, through the deep waters of the channel between : and people said it would 
be everlasting ; and yet at this day it is overwhelmed, and few vestiges left 
thereof. ' — Modern Travels. ' ' 



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Bold streams ! and may our verse demand 

Is there not coast for many a mile, 
And soils, as form'd by nature's hand 
That border all Manhattan's isle : 

Then why these mounds does avarice raise 
And build the haunts of pale disease. 

Yet in your aim to clip their wing 

(It asks no wizard to descry,) 
That time the woful day will bring 

When Hudson's passion, swelling high. 
May in a foam his wrongs repay 
And sweep both house and wharf away. 



ODE IX 1 
On the Frigate Constitution 

' ' And in those days men settled themselves on the waters, and lived 
there, not because land was wanting, but that they wished to be 
slaves to such as were great and mighty on the land. ' ' — Modern 
History. 

Thus launch'd at length upon the main 
And soon prepar'd the seas to roam, 
In your capacious breast ere long 
Will many an idler find a home 
That sells his freedom for a song. 
Quits fields and trees 
For boisterous seas, 

'From the Time-Piece, October 31, 1797. The following account of the 
launch is given in the same issue : 

"Boston, October 23, The Launch ! On Saturday last at fifteen minutes 
P. M. the frigate Constitution was launched into the adjacent element, on which 
she now rides an elegant and superb specimen of American naval architecture, com- 
bining the unity of wisdom, strength, and beauty. On a signal being given from 
on board, her ordnance, on shore, announced to the neighboring Country, that the 
Constitution was secure." 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 1 75 

To tread his native soil no more, 
And see — but not possess the shore. 

Well ! let them go — can there be loss 
In those who Nature's bounty slight, 
From rural vales and freedom's shades 
To this dull cage who take their flight, 

The axe, the hoe. 

The plough forego. 
The buxom milk-maid's simple treat, 
The bliss of country life forget, 

For tumult here 

And toil severe, 
A gun their pillow when they sleep. 
And when they wake, are wak'd to weep. 

Dick Brothers said, " The time will come, 

" When war no more shall prowl the sea, 
" Nor men for pride or plunder roam, 
" And my millenium brings them home, 
" How'eer dispers'd through each degree." 
If Richard proves a prophet true, 
Why may not we be quiet too. 
And turn our bull-dogs into lambs, 
Saw off the horns of battering rams 
As well as Europe's sons? 
Ye Quakers ! see with pure delight. 
The times approach when men of might, 
And squadrons roving round the ball. 
Shall fight each other not at all, 
Or fight with wooden guns. 

And yet that Being you address 

Who shaped old Chaos into form. 
May speak — and with a word suppress 

The tryant and the storm. 



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ODE X> 

To Santone Samuel 
The Millennial Prophet, on his System of Universal Pacification 

With aspect wild, in ranting strain 

You bring the brilliant period near, 
When monarchy will close her reign 
And wars and warriors disappear ; 
The lion and the lamb will stray. 
And, social, walk the woodland way. 

I fear, with superficial view 

You contemplate dame nature's plan : — 
She various forms of being drew, 

And made the common tryant — man : 
She form'd them all with wise design, 
Distinguish'd each, and drew the line. 

Observe the lion's visage bold 

His iron tooth, his murderous claw. 
His aspect cast in anger's mould ; 
The strength of steel is in his paw : 

Could he be meant with lambs to stray 
Or feed along the woodland way? 

Since first his race on earth began 

War was his trade and war will be : 
And when he quits that ancient plan 
With milder natures to agree, 

He will be changed to something new 
And have some other part to do. 

One system see through all this frame. 

Apparent discord still prevails ; 
The forest yields to active flame, 

The ocean swells with stormy gales ; 

'From the edition of 1815, with the exception of the title, which is, "The 
Millennium — To a Ranting Field Orator." 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 1 77 

No season did the God decree 

When leagued in friendship these should be. 

And do you think that human kind 

Can shun the all-pervading law — 
That passion's slave we ever find — 

Who discord from their nature draw : — 
Ere discord can from man depart 
He must assume a different heart. 

Yet in the slow advance of things 

A time may come our race may rise, 
By reason's aid to stretch their wings, 
And see the light with other eyes ; 
And when the ancient mist is pass'd ; 
To find their nature changed at last, 

The sun himself, the powers ordain, 
Should in no perfect circle stray ; 
He shuns the equatorial plane. 
Prefers an odd serpentine way. 

And lessens yearly, sophists prove. 
His angle in the voids above. 

When moving in his ancient line. 

And no oblique ecliptic near. 
With some new influence he may shine 
But you and I will not be here 
To see the lion shed his teeth 
Or kings forget the trade of death. 



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ODE XP 
To THE Philadelphia Doctors 



' And the Angel Michael disputed with the Devil about the body of 
Moses. ' ' — Ancient History. 

"To bleed or not to bleed — that is the question! 
Whether 'tis better in our beds to suffer 
The slights and snufflings of outrageous doctors, 
Or by the Lancet — quit them. ' ' 



In ancient days divines, in dismal humour, 
With disputation kept the presses going ; 
Wrangled about some wonderous mighty things 
The difference " 'twixt a shadow and a shade," 
And scribbled much of "way of man with maid." 
At length, as fades the crown 
Their bludgeons they lay down ; 
And you, wise doctors, take the wrangle up, 
Each cursing all who will not drink his cup. 

Ah, Philadelphians ! still to knaves a prey, 

Take your old philosophic way ; 
When from the native spring you seiz'd your draught. 

Health bloom'd on every face, and all was gay — 
Dejection was remote — and Nature laugh'd. 

A question now, of mighty weight is put. 

Whether, to bleed a man is best, or not, 

When scarce three drops (or not one drop) remains 

In the poor devil's veins ! — 

Well! you decide, who are in Galen read — 
Take Boorhaave's, if you please — whatever system — 
(Why are men such that doctors can enlist 'em?) 

' From the Time-Piece, November 13, 1797. 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 1 79 

Whether your methods be the right or wrong, 
And man^s existence shorten or prolong, 
We feverish fellows, must be — put to bed. 

The secret has leak'd out — be cautious doctors 
(The whole shall be disclos'd in room with lock'd doors) 
Old women, with their simple herbs and teas 
(And asking hardly two-pence for their fees) 
Disarm this dreadful epidemic fever ; 
Make it as tame and innocent, 
(Whether home-bred or from West Indies sent) 
As Continental soldier, turn'd to Weaver. 



ODE XII 1 

The Crows and the Carrion 

A Medical Story 

If Ephraim on his bed complains 
Of feverish pulse and boiling veins, 
And throbs and pulses in his brains, 

Then round him flock a ghastly crew 

Of doctors old and doctors new. 

And doctors, some — the Lord knows who. 

Hoping the men had learned their trade. 
Poor Ephraim begs them for their aid. 
And promises they shall be paid. 

Each quotes some book, by way of sham, 
Or reads some text from Sydenham, 
Which some approve, and some condemn. 

I Text from the edition of 1809. Tlie title of the newspaper version was 
"To the Philadelphia Doctors," with the following motto : "And he said unto 
him, Physician Heal Thyself." 



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At once he hears a barbarous noise, 
Like that from herds of butchers' boys, 
That ever hope of life destroys. 

He promises all bills to pay, 

But they proceed in angry fray — 

Poor Ephraim frets — and well he may. 

Each looks at each with vengeful eyes. 

As if contending for a prize 

He wants his share — when Ephraim dies. 

One talks of cure by Calomel ; 
But his wise brother, Sydrophel, 
Swears, 'tis the readiest way to hell. 

While one the lancet recommends. 
Another for a blister sends. 
And each his every cure defends. 

Weary of all they have to say. 

At last the patient faints away : 

Poor Ephraim swoons — and well he may. 

In Fancy's dreams, he thinks he roams 
In realms where doctor Satan foams, 
With Sydrophels and Curry-combs. 

Revived at length, he begs release. 

And whines, " Do let your quarrels cease, 

Do, doctors, let me die in peace. 

' ' Oh ! had I sent for doctress Nan, 
Or anything but cruel man, 
To put me on my legs again : 

" She, with her cooling tamarind tea. 
At least would not have murdered me — 
Come ! if you love me, do agree. 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES l8l 

' ' She would have held my dizzy head — 
She would have something to me read — 
Or would have somewhat cheering said. 

' ' Good heavens ! you cannot all be right — 
O do not scratch ! — O do not bite ! — 
Good doctors, do not, do not fight! " — 

Here they began a louder fray — 

Oh ! Ephraim's dead ! — to them all play — 

Poor Ephraim dies! — and well he may. 



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ODE XIIP 

A Soldier should be made of Sterner Stuff 

On Deborah Gannet 

The American heroine, who on Tuesday last presented a petition to 
Congress for a pension, in consideration of services rendered during 
the whole of the late war, in the character of a common follower in 
the regular armies of America 

Ye congress men and men of weight, 

Who fill the public chairs, 

And many a favor have conferr'd 

On some, unknown to Mars ; 

And ye, who hold the post of fame. 

The helmsmen of our great affairs. 

Afford a calm, attentive ear 

To her who handled sword and spear, 

A heroine in a bold career. 

Assist a war-worn dame. 

1 Published in the Time-Piece, December 4, 1797, and reprinted in the edi- 
tion of 1815, the text of which I have used, though I have retained the title of the 
newspaper version. In the iSiJ edition the title is "The Heroine of the Revolu- 
tion. To the men in power," with the note "On December 23, 1797, Deborah 
Gannet presented a petition to congress for a pension, in consideration of services 
rendered during the whole of the American Revolutionary war, in the rank of a 
common soldier in the regular armies of the United States. The above lines were 
written on this occasion, at the request of the heroine. It is needless to say, she 
had a competency bestowed on her during her natural life." Freneau's daughter 
has thus recounted the circumstances under which the affair became known to the 
poet : 

" While editor of the Time- Piece V\s oSvzz was thronged with visitors mostly 
wanting favors of one kind or another. One day he came into dinner and told 
Mrs. Freneau that there had been rather an eccentric character in the office that 
morning, telling him that she had served through the Revolutionary War in 
man's attire and had received several wounds and showed the scars. All he 
could do for her was to send her to Washington with a petition, which he did. 
Her name was Deborah Gannet. She went to Congress, presented her petition, 
and received her pension. Though he put not his name to it, it was immedi- 
ately known, as many of the members were his correspondents, also Thomas Jef- 
ferson, the President." 



1797] THE BOOK OF ODES 1 83 

With the same vigorous soul inspired 

As Joan of Arc, of old, 

With zeal against the Briton fired, 

Her spirit warm and bold, 

She march'd to face her country's foes 

Disguised in male attire : 

Where'er they prowl'd through field or town 

With steady step she foUow'd on ; 

Resolved the conflict to sustain, 

She met them on the hill, the plain, 

And hostile to the English reign. 

She hurl'd the blasting fire. 

Now for such generous toils endured, 

Her day of warfare done. 

In life's decline at length reward 

This faithful amazon : 

She asks no thousands at your hands, 

Though mark'd with many a scar ; 

She asks no share of Indian lands. 

Though lands you have to spare : 

But something in the wane of days 
To make her snug, and keep her warm, 
A cottage, and the cheery blaze, 
To shield her from the storm ; 
And something to the pocket too. 
Your bounty might afford, 
Of her, who did our foes pursue 
With bayonet, gun, and sword. 

Reflect how many tender ties 

A female must forego 

Ere to the martial camp she flies 

To meet the invading foe : 

How many bars has nature placed. 



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And custom many more, 

Lest slighted woman should be graced 

With trophies gain'd in war. 

All these she nobly overcame, 

And scorn'd a censuring age, 

Join'd in the ranks, her road to fame, 

Despis'd the Briton's rage ; 

And men, who, with contracted mind. 

All arrogant, condemn 

And make disgrace in womankind 

What honor is in them. 



ON THE FEDERAL CITYi 

1797 

All human things must have their rise, 
And Rome advanced from little size 
Till future ages saw her grown 
The mistress of the world, then known. 

So, bounding on Potowmac's flood. 
Where ancient oaks so lately stood 
An infant city grows apace 
Intended for a ruling race. 

' From the 1815 edition. A young Englishman, Thomas Twining, who 
visited Washington in 1796, describes it as follows : " Having crossed an extensive 
tract of level country somewhat resembling an English heath, I entered a large 
wood through which a very imperfect road had been made, principally by remov- 
ing the trees or the upper parts of them in the usual manner. After some time 
this indistinct way assumed more the appearance of a regular avenue, the trees 
having been cut down in a straight line although no habitation of any kind was 
visible. I had no doubt but I was now riding along one of the streets of the 
metropolitan city. I continued in this spacious avenue for half a mile and then 
came out upon a large spot cleared of wood, in the center of which I saw two 
unfinished buildings and men at work on one of them. Advancing and speaking 
to these workmen, they informed me that I was in the center of the city and that 
the building was the Capitol. Looking from where I stood I saw on every side 
a thick wood pierced with avenues in a more or less perfect state.'' 



1797] THE ROYAL COCKNEYS IN AMERICA 1 85 

Here capitols of awful height — 
Already burst upon the sight, 
And buildings, meant for embryo kings 
Display their fronts and spread their wings. 

This city bodes no common fate — 
All other towns, as books relate. 
With huts at first were thinly spread, 
With hovels mean, or humble shed. 

But matters here are quite reversed. 
Here, palaces are built the first. 
And late will common rustics come 
In such abodes to find a home. 

Meantime, it will be fair and just 
(Nor will our congress fret, we trust) 
If while the poor at distance lurk — 
Themselves do their own dirty work. 

Rome's earliest citizens were thieves. 
So history tells, and man believes. 
May matters be again reversed. 
May they who here inhabit first 
Instruct the late historians pen 
To write — that they were honest men. 



THE ROYAL COCKNEYS IN AMERICA' 

1797 

Why travel so far from your insular home. 
Ye cockneys of London, and all in a foam. 
To talk, and to talk, with coxcombical phiz. 
And tell what a nuisance democracy is : 

1 From the edition of 1 815. 



1 86 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Twas a lesson we learn'd 

When you were concern'd 
In wishing success to the vast preparations 
To conquer and pillage the royal-plantations. 

We Americans far from your king-ridden isle 
Do humbly beseech you, all democrat haters, 
For fear that your bodies or souls you defile. 
Would fairly go off, with your lies and your satires : 
The monarch you worship requests your assistance, 
And how can you help him at such a long distance ? 

Tis an Englishman's creed, 

And they all have agreed 
That, out of old England, there's nothing, they swear, 
That can with old England — dear England — compare ; 
So, away to old England, or we'll send you there. 

A swarm is arrived from the hives of the east, 

Determined to sap the republic's foundation ; 

And who is their leader, their scribe, and their priest? 

Why, Porcupine Peter, 

The democrat-eater, 
Transported by Pitt, at the charge of the nation. 
To preach to the demos a new revelation. 

His patrons in England, and some who are here. 

Consented to join in his sink of scurrility. 

And gave him, tis certain, four thousand a year 

To print a damn'd libel, to please our nobility : 

Where I — is the hero of all that is said 

I — Corporal Cobbett * — a man of the blade ! 

If his countrymen thought 

That for nothing we fought 
And they mean to regain, by the aid of his press, 
A country they lost, to their shame and disgrace, 

* Alluding to the egotistical style of his writings. — Frencau s note. 



1797] TO THE SCRIBE OF SCRIBES 1 8/ 

Let them fairly engage 

In some liberal page : 
We can give them an answer, not relish'd by some, 
Who will see their friend Peter go, whimpering, home. 



TO THE SCRIBE OF SCRIBES' 

By the gods of the poets, Apollo and Jove, 

By the muse who directs me, the spirits that move, 

I council you, Peter, once more, to retire 

Or satire shall pierce, with her arrows of fire. 

Be careful to stop in your noisy career. 
Or homeward retreat, for your danger is near : 
The clouds are collecting to burst on your head, 
Their sulphur to dart, or their torrents to shed. 

Along with the tears, I foresee you will weep, 
In the cave of oblivion I put you to sleep ; — 
This dealer in scandal, this bladder of gall. 
This sprig of Parnassus must go to the wall. 

From a star of renown in the reign of night 
He has dwindled away to a little rush-light : 
Then snuff it, and snuff it, while yet it remains 
And Peter will leave you the snuff for your pains. — 

I From the edition of 1815. 



58 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

TO THE 
AMERICANS OF THE UNITED STATES' 

First published November, 1797 

Men of this passing age ! — whose noble deeds 
Honour will bear above the scum of Time : 
Ere this eventful century expire, 
Once more we greet you with our humble rhyme : 
Pleased, if we meet your smiles, but — if denied, 
Yet, with Your sentence, we are satisfied. 

Catching our subjects from the varying scene 

Of human things ; a mingled work we draw. 

Chequered with fancies odd, and figures strange. 

Such, as no courtly poet ever saw ; 

Who writ, beneath some Great Man's ceiling placed ; 

Travelled no lands, nor roved the watery waste. 

To seize some features from the faithless past ; 
Be this our care — before the century close : 
The colours strong ! — for, if we deem aright. 
The coming age will be an age of prose : 
When sordid cares will break the muses' dream. 
And Common Sense be ranked in seat supreme. 

Go, now, dear book; once more expand your wings: 
Still in the cause of Man severely true : 
Untaught to flatter pride, or fawn on kings ; — 
Trojan, or Tyrian,* — give them both their due. — 
When they are right, the cause of both we plead. 
And both will please us well, — if both will read. 

*Tros, Tyriusque mihi nuUo discrimine agetur. — Virg. — JFreneau's note. 
• This was used as the introductory poem to Volume II of the 1809 edition. 



1797] THE INDIAN CONVERT 1 89 

TO A NIGHT-FLY 1 

Approaching a Candle 

Attracted by the taper's rays, 
How carelessly you come to gaze 
On what absorbs you in its blaze ! 

O Fly ! I bid you have a care : 
You do not heed the danger near ; 
This light, to you a blazing star. 

Already you have scorch'd your wings : 
What courage, or what folly brings 
You, hovering near such blazing things? 

Ah me ! you touch this little sun — 
One circuit more and all is done ! — 
Now to the furnace you are gone ! — 

Thus folly with ambition join'd. 
Attracts the insects of mankind, 
And sways the superficial mind : 

Thus, power has charms which all admire, 
But dangerous is that central fire — 
If you are wise in time retire. — 



THE INDIAN CONVERT^ 

An Indian, who lived at Muskingum, remote. 
Was teazed by a parson to join his dear flock. 
To throw off his blanket and put on a coat, 
And of. grace and religion to lay in a stock. 

' First published in the Time- Piece, December 8, 1797. Text from the edi- 
tion of 1815. 

^First published in the Time-Piece, December 11, 1797, under the title, 
"Thomas Swagum, an Oneida Indian and a Missionary Parson." Text from 
the 1809 edition. 



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The Indian long slighted an offer so fair, 
Preferring to preaching his fishing and fowling ; 
A sermon to him was a heart full of care, 
And singing but little superior to howling. 

At last by persuasion and constant harassing 
Our Indian was brought to consent to be good ; 
He saw that the malice of Satan was pressing, ' 

And the means to repel him not yet understood. 

Of heaven, one day, when the parson was speaking. 
And painting the beautiful things of the place, 
The convert, who something substantial was seeking, ^ 
Rose up, and confessed he had doubts in the case. — 

Said he. Master Minister, this place that you talk of, 
Of things for the stomach, pray what has it got ; , 

Has it liquors in plenty? — If so I'll soon walk off 
And put myself down in the heavenly spot. 

You fool (said the preacher) no liquors are there ! 
The place I'm describing is most like our meeting, 
Good people, all singing, with preaching and prayer ; 
They live upon these without eating or drinking. 

But the doors are all locked against folks that are wicked ; 
And you, I am fearful, will never get there : — 
A life of Repentance must purchase the ticket, 
And few of you, Indians, can buy it, I fear. 

Farewell (said the Indian) I'm none of your mess ; 
On victuals, so airy, I faintish should feel, « 

I cannot consent to be lodged in a place 
Where's there's nothing to eat and but little to steal. 



1797] THE PETTIFOGGER 19! 



THE PETTIFOGGER/ 

or Fee Simple, Esquire 

In a town I could mention, a lawyer resided 
As cunning as Satan, and fond of disputes ; 
In wrangles and quarrels he ever confided. 
To keep on his docquet a long string of suits. 

Of little importance, nay, paltry and mean, 
The matter contested, a pig or a hen ; 
But one thing he stuck to, he ever was seen 
To have for his pleading just one pound ten. 

With pleasure he saw that the quarrels increased. 
Each day he had business from wranglesome men, 
But all to the 'squire was a holiday feast 
While he got his dear Fee, the one pound ten. 

A parchment, Caveto, hung up in his hall 
Which cautioned the reader to read and attend. 
That for one pound ten he would quibble and brawl. 
Twist, lie, and do all things a cause to defend. 

Sometimes when the limits of lots were disputed 
He would put all to rights in the turn of a straw ; 
From the tenth of an inch he his pocket recruited 
Till he made the two parties curse lawyer and law. 

Thus matters went on, and the lawyer grown rich 

Fed high, and swilled wine 'till the dropsy began 

To bloat up his guts to so monstrous a pitch. 

You would hardly have known him to be the same man. 

At last he departed, and when he had died, 

His worship arriving at Beelzebub's den ; 

'First published in the Time-Piece, December 13, 1797. Text from the 
1809 edition. 



192 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

How much is the entrance (demanded the guide? — ) 
Old Devil made answer, 'Tis One Pound Ten. 



ON A CELEBRATED PERFORMER ON THE 
VIOLIN 1 

Who, as it was said, went out, in the year 1797, to excite discontents 
and insurrections in the western country, particularly, in Ohio, 
Kentucky, and Tennessee 

Musician of the west ! whose vast design 
Schemes our new states with England to combine ; 
How vain the hope, with violin and bow, 
Such feeble arms, to work internal wo ! 
How weak the attempt our union to divide 
With not a sword or pistol at your side ! 
Not even a drum your engineer employs : — 
He's right — a drum would blast the plot, by noise: 
All must be done in midnight silence, all 
Your plans must ripen or your projects fall. 
Unknown, unseen, till in the destined hour 
Descends the stroke of trans-atlantic power ! 

By music's note to sway the western wild 

Indeed is new ; — we heard it and we smiled. 

In cold December's iron-hearted reign 

Would you with blushing blossoms deck the plain ; 

Would you with sound immure the Thirteen Stars, 

Or plant a garland on the front of Mars ? 

To sound, not sense, once brutes, they say, advanced. 

When Orpheus whistled, fauns and satyrs danced — 

You are no Orpheus — and it may be true 

He play'd some tunes that are unknown to you. 

Hopes, such as yours, on cat-gut who would place ; 

On tenor, treble, counter, or the bass : 

' From the edition of 1815. 



1797] t)N A PERFORMER ON THE VIOLIN 1 93 

Who arm'd with horse-hair, hopes a world to win 

Who gains dominion from a violin ? 

Such if there was, in times, the lord knows when, 

He must have been at least the first of men — 

But now — the world would have not much to prize 

In such a warfare where no soldier dies : 

Thus would it say — by sad experience taught, 

' Oh ! may we never fight as these have fought ! 

' These to the charge with Thespian arms advanced, 

' And when they should have fought, the soldiers danced ; 

' They had no drums, they felt no martial flame, 

' But, cold as Christmas, to the conflict came ! ' 

My dreams present you thrumming on your string 

Playing at proper stands, God save the king ! 

I see you march, a pedlar with his pack, 

And that poor fiddle swung athwart your back, 

(Like Reynard from some hen-roost hurrying home 

With plunder'd poultry for the feast to come) 

Trudging the wilds, on bold adventures bent. 

The woods at once your coverlet and tent, 

To fierce rebellions our back-woods to call — 

The attempt how mighty ! and the means how small, 

Amphion once, the classic stories say. 
When on his organ he began to play, 
So soft, so sweet, so melting were his tunes 
That even the savage rocks danced rigadoons, 
The trees, themselves, with frantic passions fired 
Leap'd from their roots and every note admired : 
Quitting the spot, where many a year they grew 
Quick to the music sprung the enchanted crew, 
Form'd o'er his head a sun-repelling power 
And bow'd their shadowy heads to music's power. 
If what, this moment, some relate be true 
Still greater wonders are reserved for you. 

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194 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Your music, far, all Amphion's art exceeds. 

Not trees and rocks, but provinces it leads. 

All Alleghany capers to the sound. 

And southward moves to meet the iberian bound ; 

Kentucky hears the soul-enlivening notes 

And on the artist and his music doats ; 

Remote Sanduskie spreads her eager wings. 

And wild Miami with the concert rings ; 

Tiptoe, for flight, stands every hill and tree 

From Huron's shores to savage Tennessee ; 

Arthur St. Clair might soon its influence feel ; 

But Arthur knows no music — but of steel: 

Arthur St. Clair attends, with listening ears. 

And when the purpose of your march appears, 

Such music only will excite his rage, 

He'll come, and drive you from your dancing stage ; 

Cut every string, the bridge, and sound-board seize. 

By your own cat-gut hang you to the trees, 

And bid you know, too late. It is no jest 

To play rebellion's music to the west. 



NEW YEAR'S VERSES ^ 

The Carrier of the Time-Piece, presents the following Address to His 
Patrons, with the Compliments of the Season 

Fellow Citizens: 

The glass has run — see ninety-seven has fled. 
And ninety-eight comes on with equal speed ; 
While safe from harm, beneath their spreading vine, 
Columbia's sons in virtuous actions shine : 
Their generous contributions feed the poor. 
And sends them smiling from their patron's door ; 

• This was published as a broadside, and distributed with the paper. As far 
as I can discover Freneau never reprinted it. 



1797] NEW year's VERSES 19S 

Sweet Peace and Plenty crowns the festive board, 

Where man reveres no domineering lord ; 

But free from scenes of desolating war, 

Where kingdoms clash and mighty empires jar. 

He lives secure from all the dread alarms 

Of fell invaders and the din of arms : — 

Such scenes now past have once defil'd our shore 

And drench'd Columbia in her children's gore, 

Let man exult, the raging Storm is o'er. 

To you, my customers, I bring the news 
Of feuds domestic and of foreign woes ; 
Of Liberty extending her domain. 
And Truth triumphant in her glorioiis reign. 

Consider, patrons through the storm and snow 
With constant care I am oblig'd to go ; 
Shivering and cold, I want the lively cup 
To cheer my heart and keep my spirits up : 
To stern winter's gloom can joy inspire ; 
Now social circles grace the Hickory fire ; 
And on your board, for friends and neighbors spread. 
The turkey smokes the industrious peasant fed : 
But not to me these blessings are dispos'd. 
Fortune's capricious hand to me is clos'd ; 
I am condemn'd to labour long and hard. 
Unknown my troubles, scanty my reward. 

Such is the humble German's life of toil. 
Who now solicits your approving smile ; 
My grateful heart still let your bounty share. 
And Peace and Freedom reign from year to year. 

New- York, January i, 171)8. 



PART V 
THE FINAL PERIOD OF WANDERING 

1 798- 1 809 



197 



THE FINAL PERIOD OF WANDERING 

1 798-1 809' 

ON ARRIVING IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 1798== 

A happy gale presents, once more, 
The gay and ever verdant shore. 
Which every pleasure will restore 

To those who come again : 
You, Carolina, from the seas 
Emerging, claim all power to please. 
Emerge with elegance and ease 

From Neptune's briny main. 

' This period comprises the time between the poet's abandonment of the 
Time- Piece in New York in 1798, and his final farewell to the sea, which was, in 
reality, in 1807. During this time Freneau lived in retirement at Mount Pleasant, 
making now and then voyages along the southern coast and to the Madeira 
Islands. The poems of the period dwell largely on the dangers of monarchy. 
He became more and more philosophical as he grew older. He delighted in his 
leisure hours to translate from the old Latin writers, and to make moralizing 
verses of a somewhat tedious nature. I have omitted all of the translations of 
this period and most of the moralizings. 

" Freneau sailed as passenger to Charleston, January 3, 1 79S, and arrived on 
February 3, after a rough voyage. He sailed back from Charleston in the ship 
Maria, March 7, arriving in New York one week later. Text from the 1815 
edition. 

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200 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEA.U [1798 

To find in you a happier home, 
Retirement for the days to come, 
From northern coasts you saw me roam. 

By flattering fancy moved : 
I came, and in your fragrant woods, 
Your magic isles and gay abodes. 
In rural haunts and passing floods 

Review'd the scenes I loved. 

When sailing oft, from year to year 
And leaving all I counted dear, 
I found the happy country here 

Where manly hearts abound ; 
Where friendship's kind extended hand. 
All social, leads a generous band ; 
Where heroes, who redeem'd the land 

Still live to be renown'd : 

Who live to fill the trump of fame, 
Or, dying, left the honor'd name 
Which Athens had been proud to claim 

From her historian's page — 
These with invading thousands strove, 
These bade the foe their prowess prove. 
And from their old dominions drove 

The tyrants of the age. 

Long, long may every good be thine. 
Sweet country, named from Caroline, 
Once seen in Britain's court to shine 

The fairest of the fair : 
Still may the wanderer find a home 
Where'er thy varied forests bloom. 
And peace and pleasure with him come 

To take their station here. 



1809] ON ARRIVING IN SOUTH CAROLINA 201 

Here Ashley, with his brother stream, 
By Charleston gliding, all, may claim. 
That ever graced a poet's dream 

Or sooth'd a statesman's cares ; 
She, seated near her forests blue. 
Which winter's rigor never knew. 
With half an ocean in her view 

Her shining turrets rears. 

Here stately oaks of living green 
Along the extended coast are seen, 
That rise beneath a heaven serene. 

Unfading through the year — 
In groves the tall Palmetto grows. 
In shades inviting to repose, 
The fairest, loveliest, scenes disclose — 

All nature charms us here. 

Dark wilds are thine, the yellow field. 
And rivers by no frost congeal'd. 
And, Ceres, all that you can yield 

To deck the festive board ; 
The snow white fleece, from pods that grows. 
And every seed that Flora sows — 
The orange and the fig-tree shows 

A paradise restored. 

There rural love to bless the swains 
In the bright eye of beauty reigns. 
And brings a heaven upon the plains 

From some dear Emma's charms ; 
Some Laura fair who haunts the mead. 
Some Helen, whom the graces lead. 
Whose charms the charms of her exceed 

That set the world in arms. 



202 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

And distant from the sullen roar 
Of ocean, bursting on the shore, 
A region rises, valued more 

Than all the shores possess : 
There lofty hills their range display, 
Placed in a climate ever gay, 
From wars and commerce far away. 

Sweet nature's wilderness. 

There all that art has taught to bloom. 
The streams that from the mountain foam. 
And thine, Eutaw, that distant roam. 

Impart supreme delight : 
The prospect to the western glade. 
The ancient forest, undecay'd — 
All these the wildest scenes have made 

That ever awed the sight. 

There Congaree his torrent pours, 
Saluda, through the forest roars. 
And black Catawba laves his shores 

With waters from afar. 
Till mingled with the proud Santee, 
Their strength, united, finds the sea. 
Through many a plain, by many a tree, 

Then rush across the bar. 

But, where all nature's fancies join. 

Were but a single acre mine. 

Blest with the cypress and the pine, 

I would request no more ; 
And leaving all that once could please, 
The northern groves and stormy seas — 
I would not change such scenes as these 

For all that men adore. 



1809] ODE TO THE AMERICANS 2O3 



ODE TO THE AMERICANS ^ 

That the progress of liberty and reason in the world is slow and grad- 
ual ; but, considering the present state of things, and the light 
of science universally spreading, that it cannot be 
long impeded, or its complete establish- 
ment prevented, — 1798 

They who survey the human stage, 

In reason's view ; through time's past age, 

Will find, whatever nature plann'd 

Came, first, imperfect from her hand. 

Or what ourselves imperfect call ; 

In nature's eye, though perfect all — 

To man she gave to improve, adorn ; 
But let him halt — and all things turn 
To assume their wild primeval cast. 
The growth of a neglected waste. 

Yond' stately trees, so fresh and fair, 
That now such golden burthens bear. 
Were once mean shrubs that, far from view, 
In desert woods, unthrifty grew. 

Man saw the seeds of something good 
In these rude children of the wood ; 
Apply'd the knife, and pruned with care. 
Till art has made them what they are. 

With curious eye, search history's page. 
And Man observe, through every age ; 
At first a mere barbarian, he 
Bore nothing good, (like that wild tree). 

1 From the 1815 edition. 



204 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

At length by thought and reason's aid, 
Reflection piercing night's dark shade, 
Improvements gain'd, by slow advance 
Direction, not the work of chance. 

Forsaking, first, the savage den 
And fellow-beasts less fierce than men. 
New plans they form'd for war or power. 
And sunk the ditch and raised the tower. 

In course of years the human mind. 
Advancing slow proved more refined, 
Less brutal in external show. 
But native mischief lurk'd below. 

Despots and kings begun their part, 
And millions fell by rules of art ; 
Or malice, rankling all the while, 
Lay hid beneath the treacherous smile. 

Religion brought her potent aid 
To kings, their subjects to degrade — 
Religion ! — to profane your name 
The hag of superstition came. 

And seized your place, the world to ensnare, 
A bitter harvest doom'd to bear ! 
And priests, or history much deceives, 
Turn'd aide-de-camps to sceptred thieves. 

At last that Cherub from the skies, 
(Our nature meant to humanize) 
And sway, without a king or crown, 
Philosophy, from heaven came down. 

Adorn'd with all her native charms 
She clasp'd her offspring in her arms. 
In hope the mists of night to chase 
And hold them in her fond embrace. 



l8o9] ODE TO THE AMERICANS 205 

She, only she, for virtue warm 
Dissolved the spell and broke the charm, 
That bade mankind their hands imbue 
In blood, to please the scheming few. 

Arm'd with a dart of fire and love 
She left the seats and courts above, 
And her celestial power display'd 
Not to compel, but to persuade. 

The moment she had whirl'd her sling 
Each trembling war-hawk droop'd his wing : 
They saw that reason's game was won. 
They saw the trade of tyrants done : 

And all was calm — she saw, well pleased. 
The havoc done, the tumult ceased. 
She saw her throne was now adored. 
She saw the reign of peace restored. 

And said, ' I leave you — pray, be wise ! 
' I'm on a visit to the skies, 
' Let incense on my altars burn 
'And you'll be blest till I return.' 

But sad reverse ! — when out of sight 
The fiends of darkness watch'd her flight — 
What she had built, they soon displaced. 
Her temples burn'd, her tracks effaced. 

Their force they join'd, to quench her flame, 
A thousand ghastly legions came 
To blast the blossom in the bud 
And retrograde to chains and blood. 

The people — to be bought and sold, 
Were still the prize they wish'd to hold ; — 
All peasants, soldiers, sailors, slaves, 
The common sink of rogues and knaves. 



206 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

Yet, nature must her circle run — 
Can they arrest the rising sun? 
Prevent his warm reviving ray, 
Or shade the influence of the day? 

If Europe to the yoke returns, 

Columbia at the idea spurns — 

Let Britain wield barbarian rage 

We meet her here, through every stage. 

In vain her navy spreads its sails, 
The strength of mirjd at last prevails ; 
And reason ! thy prodigious power 
Has brought it to its closing hour. 

Appeal to arms henceforth should cease, 
And man might learn to live in peace ; 
No kings with iron hearts should reign, 
To seize old ocean's free domain. 

Americans ! would you conspire 
To extinguish this increasing fire? 
Would you, so late from fetters freed, 
Join party in so base a deed? 

Would you dear freedom sacrifice. 
Bid navies on the ocean rise. 
Be bound by military laws. 
And all, to aid a tyrant's cause? 

Oh, no ! but should all shame forsake, 
And gratitude her exit make, 
Could you, as thousands say you can, 
Desert the common cause of man? 

A curse would on your efforts wait 
Old british sway to reinstate ; 
No hireling hosts could force a crown 
Nor keep the bold republic down : 



i8o9] ON THE WAR PATRONS 20/ 

The rising race, combined once more, 
Would honor to our cause restore, 
And in your ooom and downfall seal 
Such woes as wicked kings shall feel. 

O liberty ! seraphic name, / y 

With whom from heaven fair virtue came, ii. ' 
For whom, through years of misery toss'd. 
One hundred thousand lives were lost ; 

Still shall all grateful hearts to thee 
Incline the head and bend tjie knee ; 
For thee this dream of life forego 
And quit the world when thou dost go. 



ON THE WAR PATRONS, 1798 » 

Weary of peace, and warm for war, 
Who first will mount the iron car? 
Who first appear, to shield the Stars, 
Who foremost, take the field of Mars? 
For death and blood, with bold design, 
Who bids a hundred legions join? 

To see invasions in the air 

From France, the moon, or heaven knows where ; 

In freedom's mouth to fix the gag, 

iText from the 1815 edition. During the early part of the year 1798 America 
was full of rumors of a French invasion. Talleyrand was scattering obscure hints 
that an invading army was preparing ; that France well knew that America 
was divided ; that only the Federalists would support the administration. The 
Federalists, supported by President Adams and by Washington, took active 
measures at once. In July they formally abrogated the treaty between the two 
countries and authorized the President to grant letters to shipmen empowering 
them to seize French vessels. The army was put into readiness, and financial 
legislation was enacted to procure means for carrying on the war. All believed 
that war with France was inevitable. 



208 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

And aid afford t' a wither'd hag ; 
This is the purpose of a few ; 
But this we see will scarcely do. 
Who bears the brunt, or pays the bill? 
The friends of war alone can tell : 
Observe, six thousand heroes stand 
With not three privates to command ; 
No matter for the nation's debt 
If some can wear the epaulette. 

If reason no attention finds. 
What magic shall unite all minds? 
If war a patronage ensures 
That fifty thousand men procures, 
Is such a force to humble France? 
Will these against her arms advance? 
To fight her legions, near the Rhine, 
Or England's force in Holland join? 

In dreams, that on the brain intrude. 

When nature takes her sleepy mood, 

And when she frolics through the mind. 

By sovereign reason unconfined. 

When her main spring is all uncoil'd 

And fancy acts in whimsy wild — 

I saw a chieftain, cap-a-pee, 

Arm'd for the battle, — who but he ? — 

I saw him draw his rusty sword, 

A present from a London lord : 

The point was blunt, the edge too dull 

I deem'd to cleave a dutchman's scull ; 

And with this sword he made advance, 

And with this sword he struck at France — 

This sword return'd without its sheath. 

Too weak to cause a single death ; 

And there he found his work complete, 



l8o9] ON THE WAR PATRONS 209 

And then he made a safe retreat, 
Where folly finds the camp of rest 
And patience learns to do her best. 

What next, will policy contrive 
To bid the days of war arrive : 
Is there no way to pick a quarrel. 
And deck the martial brow with laurel? 
Is there no way to coax a fight 
And gratify some men of might? 

To some, who sit at helm of state. 

State-business is no killing weight, 

They sign their names, inquire the news. 

Look wise, — take care to get their dues ; 

At levees, note down who attends — 

And there the mighty business ends : 

To some that deal in state affairs 

The world comes easy, with its cares ; 

To some who wish for crown and king, 

A quarrel is a charming thing : 

They, seated at the fountain head 

Quaff bowls of nectar, and are fed 

With all the danties of the land 

That cash, or market may command : 

But others doom'd to station low, 

Their choicest draughts are but — so, so. 

Hard knocks are theirs, and blood, and wounds. 

Ten thousand thumps for twenty pounds : 

Their youth they sell for paltry pay 

For sixpence, and six kicks a day, 

A pound of pork and rotten bread, 

A coat lapell'd, with badge of red ; 

A life of din from year to year. 

And thus concludes the mad career. 

15 



2IO POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

Ye rising race, consider well 
What has been read, or what we tell. 
From wars all regal mischiefs flow. 
And kings make wars a raree-show, 
A business to their post assign'd 
To torture, damn, enslave mankind. 
For this, of old, did priests anoint 'em, 
Be ours the task to disappoint 'em. 

But when a foe your soil invades, 
A soldier is the first of trades ; 
Then, every step a soldier takes. 
Reflection in his breast awakes. 
That duty calls him to the field 
Till all invaders are expell'd ; 
That honor sends him to the fight. 
That he is acting what is right, 
To guard the soil, and all that's dear ; 
From such as would be tyrants here. 



TO THE DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY EDITORS ^ 

On a Charge of Bribery 

You, Journalists, are bribed — that's clear. 
And paid French millions by the year ; 
We see it in the coats you wear ; 

Such damning, such convincing proof 
Of such a charge, is strong enough — 
Your suits are made of costly stuff. 

'Found only in the edition of 1809. The anti-federal press opposed the ad- 
ministration of Adams, and the whole affair of the threatened French war. 



1809] TO THE DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY EDITORS 211 

Dear boys ! you lodge in mansions grand — 
In time you'll own six feet of land, 
Where now the sexton has command. 

Your lodging is in garret high ; 
But where your best possessions lie, 
Yourselves know best — and Him on high. 

And have you had a foreign bribe ? — 
Then, why so lean? — shall we describe 
The leanness of your honest tribe? 

Why did you not with Tories join 
To hold the British king divine — 
And all his mandates very fine? 

Then had your faces shined with fat — 
Then had you worn the gold-laced hat — 
And — said your lessons — very pat. — 

Your lives are, now, continual trial. 

Existence, constant self-denial. 

To keep down some, who would be royal. 

For public good you wear out types, 
For public good you get dry wipes — 
For public good you may get — stripes. 

One half your time in Federal court. 
On libel charge — you're made a sport — 
You pay your fees — nor dare retort. — 

All pleasure you are sworn to shun ; 

Are always cloistered, like a nun. 

And glad to hide from Ragman's dun. — 

All night you sit by glare of lamp. 
Like Will o' Wisp in vapoury swamp. 
To write of armies and the camp. — 



212 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [179S 

You write — compile — compile and write, 
'Till you have nearly lost your sight — 
Then off to jail ; and so, good night. 

Turned out as poor as Christ-church rat, 
Once more the trade you would be at 
Which never yet made lean man fat. 

You send your journals far and wide. 
And though undone, and though belied ; 
You choose to take the patriot side. 

Your works are in Kentucky found ; 
And there your politics go round — 
And there you trust them many a pound. — 

At home, to folks residing near, 
You grant a credit, half a year ; 
And pine, mean while, on cakes and beer. 

The time elapsed when friends should pay. 
You urge your dun from day to day ; 
And so you must — and so you may. 

One customer begins to fret, 

And tells the dunner in a pet, 

" Plague take the Printer and his debt: 

' ' Ungrateful man — go hang — go burn — 
" I read his paper night and morn, 
" And now experience this return ! 

" Sir! was I not among the first 
" Who did my name on paper trust, 
" To help this Journalist accursed? 

" Thus am I used for having signed : 
" But I have spirit, he shall find — 
" Ah me ! the baseness of mankind ! " 



l8o9] THE SERIOUS MENACE 213 

Thus, on you strive with constant pain, 
The kindest tell you, call again ! — 
And you their humble dupe remain. 

Who aims to prosper — should be sold — 
If bribes are offered, take the gold. 

Nor live to be forever fooled. 

Salem. 



THE SERIOUS MENACE > 

Or Botany Bay and Nootka Sound : In answer to the Communica- 
tions of a Persecuting Royalist 

Last week we heard a king's man say, 
Do tell me where is Botany Bay? 
There are, quoth he, a meddling few. 
That shall go there — and we know who. 

This Botany Bay is in an isle 
Removed from us twelve thousand mile, 
There rogues are banish'd, to atone 
For roguish things in England done. 

Ye vultures, here on sufferance fed. 
Who curse the hand that gives you bread, 
Recall your threats, or, by the way. 
You'll find us act a serious play. 

The haughty prince that England owns. 
To make more room for royal sons. 
Has given the hint, I would suspect — 
And are you one of his Elect? 

Ye busy tribe, of harpy face. 
In search of power, in search of place. 
Ye rancorous hearts, who build your all 
On royal wrongs and freedom's fall, 

1 Text from the 1815 edition. 



214 POEMS OF PHIMP FRENEAU [1798 

This have we seen, and well we know, 
Each son of freedom is your foe, 
And these you would, unheard, convey 
To places worse than Botany Bay. 

Be cautious how you talk so loud — 
Above your heads there hangs a cloud, 
That, bursting with explosion vast. 
May scatter vengeance in its blast ; 
And send you all, on th' devil's dray, 
A longer road than — Botany Bay. 

Another threat alarm'd us much — 

(Indeed, we hourly meet with such) — 

A cockney said, but spoke it low, 

For fear the street his mind should know : 

"And is there no sedition act? 

( " 'Tis almost time to doubt the fact,) 

' ' By which this gabbling crew are bound 

"The nearest way to Nootka Sound? " 

Can you but smile! — who would have thought 

That they who writ, who march'd, who fought 

For many a year, and little got 

But liberty, and dearly bought 

Must now away 

With half their pay. 
And seek on ocean's utmost bound 
Their chance to starve at Nootka Sound ! 

This Nootka Sound, so far remote. 
Would make us sing a serious note, 
If it be true what travellers tell 
That there a race of natives dwell 
Who, when they would their brethren treat 
And give them a regale of meat 
Unchain their prisoners from the den. 
And scrape the bones of bearded men. 



i8o9] REFLECTIONS 215 

God save us from so hard a fate ! 

As to be spitted, soon or late ; 

It is a lot that few admire — 

So let us for a while retire ; 

And live to see some traitors drown'd 

r the deepest swash of Nootka Sound. 



REFLECTIONS' 

On the Mutability of Things — 1798 

The time is approaching, deny it who may, 

The days are not very remote, 
When the pageant that glitter'd for many a day. 

On the stream of oblivion will float. 

The times are advancing when matters will turn, 
And some, who are now in the shade, 

And pelted by malice, or treated with scorn. 
Will pay, in the coin that was paid : 

The time it will be, when the people aroused. 

For better arrangements prepare. 
And firm to the cause, that of old they espoused. 

Their steady attachment declare : 

When tyrants will shrink from the face of the day. 

Or, if they presume to remain. 
To the tune of peccavi, a solo will play. 

And lower the royalty strain : 

When government favors to flattery's press 

Will halt on their way from afar. 
And people will laugh at the comical dress 

Of the knights of the garter and star : 

1 Text from the 1815 edition. 



2l6 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

When a monarch, new fangled, with lawyer and scribe, 

In junto will cease to convene. 
Or take from old England a pitiful bribe. 

To pamper his " highness serene ;" 

When virtue and merit will have a fair chance 

The loaves and the fishes to share, 
And Jefferson, you to your station advance. 

The man for the president's chair : 

When honesty, honor, experience, approved. 

No more in disgrace will retire ; 
When fops from the places of trust are removed 

And the leaders of faction retire. 



THE POLITICAL WEATHER-COCK' 

'Tis strange that things upon the ground 
Are commonly most steady found 

While those in station proud 
Are turned and twirled, or twist about. 
Now here and there, now in or out. 

Mere play things to a cloud. 

See yonder influential man, 
So late the stern Republican 

While interest bore him up ; 
See him recant, abjure the cause. 
See him support tyrannic laws, 

The dregs of slavery's cup ! 

Thus, on yon' steeple towering high, 
Where clouds and storms distracted fly. 
The weather-cock is placed ; 

' From the 1809 edition. 



1809] REFLECTIONS 2\^ 

Which only while the storm does blow 
Is to one point of compass true, 
Then veers with every blast. 

But things are so appointed here 
That weather-cocks on high appear, 

On pinnacle displayed. 
While Sense, and Worth, and reasoning wights. 
And they who plead for Human Rights, 

Sit humble in the shade. 



REFLECTIONS' 

On the Gradual Progress of Nations from Democratical States to 
Despotic Empires 

Mantua vae miserae nimium vicina Cremonae ! — Virgil. 

Oh fatal day ! when to the Atlantic shore, 
European despots sent the doctrine o'er. 
That man's vast race was born to lick the dust ; 
Feed on the winds, or toil through life accurst ; 
Poor and despised, that rulers might be great 
And swell to monarchs, to devour the state. 

Whence came these ills, or from what causes grew 
This vortex vast, that only spares the few, 
Despotic sway, where every plague combined. 
Distracts, degrades, and swallows up mankind ; 
Takes from the intellectual sun its light. 
And shrouds the world in universal night? 

Accuse not nature for the dreary scene. 
That glooms her stage or hides her heaven serene. 
She, equal still in all her varied ways, 

■From the 18 11; edition. 



2l8 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1798 

An equal blessing to the world displays. 

The suns that now on northern climates glow, 

Will soon retire to melt Antarctic snow, 

The seas she robb'd to form her clouds and rain, 

Return in rivers to that source again ; 

But man, wrong'd man, borne down, deceived and vex'd. 

Groans on through life, bewilder'd and perplex'd ; 

No suns on him but suns of misery shine. 

Now march'd to war, now grovelling in the mine. 

Chain'd, fetter'd, prostrate, sent from earth a slave. 

To seek rewards in worlds beyond the grave. 

If in her general system, just to all. 
We nature an impartial parent call. 
Why did she not on man's whole race bestow. 
Those fine sensations angels only know ; 
Who, sway'd by reason, with superior mind 
In nature's state all nature's blessings find. 
Which shed through all, does all their race pervade, 
In streams not niggard by a despot made? 

Leave this a secret in great nature's breast, 
Confess that all her works tend to the best. 
Or own that man's neglected culture here 
Breeds all the mischiefs that we feel or fear. 
In all, except the skill to rule her race, 
Man, wise and skilful, gives each part its place : 
Each nice machine he plans, to reason true, 
Adapting all things to the end in view, 
But taught in this, the art himself to rule 
His sense is folly, and himself a fool. 

Where social strength resides, there rests, 'tis plain. 
The power, mankind to govern and restrain : 
This strength is not but in the social plan 
Controling all, the common good of man. 



i8og] REFLECTIONS 219 

That power concentred by the general voice, 
In honest men, an honest people's choice, 
With frequent change, to keep the patriot pure, 
And from vain views of power the heart secure : 
Here lies the secret, hid from Rome or Greece, 
That holds a state in awe, yet holds in peace. 

See through the world, in ages now retired, 
Man foe to man, as policy required : 
At some proud tyrant's nod what millions rose. 
To extend their sway, and make a world their foes. 
View Asia ravaged, Europe drench'd with blood. 
In feuds whose cause no nation understood. 
The cause we fear, of so much misery sown, 
Known at the helm of state, and there alone. 

Left to himself, wherever man is found. 
In peace he aims to walk life's little round ; 
In peace to sail, in peace to till the soil. 
Nor force false grandeur from a brother's toil. 
All but the base, designing, scheming, few. 
Who seize on nations with a robber's view. 
With crowns and sceptres awe his dazzled eye. 
And priests that hold the artillery of the sky ; 
These, these, with armies, navies, potent grown. 
Impoverish man and bid the nations groan. 
These with pretended balances of states 
Keep worlds at variance, breed eternal hates, 
Make man the poor base slave of low design. 
Degrade his nature to its last decline. 
Shed hell's worse blots on his exalted race. 
And make them poor and mean, to make them base. 

Shall views like these assail our happy land. 
Where embryo monarchs thirst for wide command. 
Shall a whole nation's strength and fair renown 
Be sacrificed, to prop a tottering throne. 



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That, ages past, the world's great curse has stood, 
Has throve on plunder, and been fed on blood. — 
Americans ! will you control such views ? 
Speak — for you must — you have no hour to lose. 



COMMERCE' 

That internal commerce only, promotes the morals of a country situated 

like America, and prevents its growth of luxury, 

and its consequent vices 

To every clime, through every sea 
The bold adventurer steers ; 
In bounding barque, through each degree 
His country's produce bears. — 
How far more blest to stay at home 
Than thus on Neptune's wastes to roam. 
Where fervors melt, or frosts congeal — 
Ah ye ! with toils and hardships worn, 
Condemn'd to face the briny foam ; 
Ah ! from such fatal projects turn 
The wave-dividing keel. 

The product of the furrow'd plain — 

Transferr'd to foreign shores. 

To pamper pride and please the vain 

The reign of kings restores : 

Hence, every vice the sail imports, 

The glare of crowns, the pomp of courts. 

And War, with all his crimson train ! 

Thus man design'd to till the ground, 

A stranger to himself is found — 

Is sent to toil on yonder wave, 

Is made the dreary ocean's sport, 

Since commerce first to avarice gave 

To sail the ocean round. 

' From the edition of iSlJ. 



1797] ON FALSE SYSTEMS 22 1 

How far more wise the grave Chinese, 

Who ne'er remotely stray, 

But bid the world surmount the seas 

And hard-earn'd tribute pay. 

Hence, treasure to their country flows 

Freed from the danger, and the woes 

Of distant seas and dreary shores. 

There commerce breeds no foreign war ; 

At home they find their wants supplied. 

And ask, why nations come so far 

To seek superfluous stores? 

Americans ! why half neglect 

The culture of your soil? 

From distant traffic why expect 

The harvest of your toil? 

At home a surer harvest springs 

From mutual interchange of things, 

Domestic duties to fulfil. — 

Vast lakes within your realm abound 

Where commerce now expands her sail, 

Where hostile navies are not found 

To bend you to their will. 



ON FALSE SYSTEMS ' 

Of Government, and the Generally Debased Condition of Mankind 

Does there exist, or will there come 
An age with wisdom to assume, 

The Rights by heaven designed ; 
The Rights which man was born to claim. 
From Nature's God which freely came, 

To aid and bless mankind. — 

1 Unique, as far as I can find, in the edition of 1809. 



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No monarch lives, nor do I deem 
There will exist one crown supreme 

The world in peace to sway ; 
Whose first great view will be to place 
On their true scale the human race, 

And discord's rage allay. 

Republics ! must the task be your's 
To frame the code which life secures, 

And Right from man to man — 
Are you, in Time's declining age. 
Found only fit to tread the stage 

Where tyranny began? 

How can we call those systems just 
Which bid the few, the proud, the first 

Possess all earthly good ; 
While millions robbed of all that's dear 
In silence shed the ceaseless tear. 

And leeches suck their blood. . 

Great orb, that on our planet shines. 
Whose power both light and heat combines, 

You should the model be ; 
To man, the pattern how to reign 
With equal sway, and how maintain 

True human dignity. 

Impartially to all below 

The solar beams unstinted flow, 

On all is poured the Ray, 
Which cheers, which warms, which clothes the ground 
In robes of green, or breathes around 

Life; — to enjoy the day. 

But crowns not so; — with selfish views 
They partially their bliss diffuse 



1797] ON FALSE SYSTEMS 223 

Their minions feel them kind ; — 
And, still opposed to human right, 
Their plans, their views in this unite, 

To embroil and curse mankind. 

Ye tyrants, false to Him, who gave 
Life, and the virtues of the brave. 

All worth we own, or know : — 
Who made you great, the lords of man. 
To waste with wars, with blood to stain 

The Maker's works below ? 

You have no iron race to sway — 
Illume them well with Reason's ray ; 

Inform our active race ; 
True honour, to the mind impart, 
With virtue's precepts tame the heart, 

Not urge it to be base ; 

Let laws revive, by heaven designed. 
To tame the tiger in the mind 

And drive from human hearts 
That love of wealth, that love of sway 
Which leads the world too much astray. 

Which points envenomed darts : 

And men will rise from what they are ; 
Sublimer, and superior, far, 

Than Solon guessed, or Plato saw ; 
All will be just, all will be good — 
That harmony, " not understood," 

Will reign the general law. 

For, in our race, deranged, bereft. 
The parting god some vestige left 

Of worth before possessed ; 
Which full, which fair, which perfect shone 
When love and peace, in concord sown. 

Ruled, and inspired each breast. 



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Hence, the small Good which yet we find, 
Is shades of that prevailing mind 

Which sways the worlds around : — 
Let these depart, once disappear. 
And earth would all the horrors wear 

In hell's dominions found. 

Just, as yon' tree, which, bending-, grows 
To chance, not fate, its fortune owes ; 

So man from some rude shock. 
Some slighted power, some hostile hand. 
Has missed the state by Nature planned. 

Has split on passion's rock. 

Yet shall that tree, when hewed away 
(As human woes have had their day) 

A new creation find : 
The infant shoot in time will swell, 
(Sublime and great from that which fell,) 

To all that heaven designed. 

What is this earth, that sun, these skies ; 
If all we see, on man must rise. 

Forsaken and oppressed — 
Why blazes round the eternal beam. 
Why, Reason, art thou called supreme, 

Where nations find no rest. — 

What are the splendours of this ball — 
When life is closed, what are they all? 

When dust to dust returns 
Does power, or wealth, attend the dead ; 
Are captives from the contest led — 

Is homage paid to urns? 

What are the ends of Nature's laws ; 
What folly prompts, what madness draws 



1797] ON THE PROPOSED SYSTEM 225 

Mankind in chains, too sti-ong : — 
Nature, to us, confused appears, 
On little things she wastes her cares. 

The great seem sometimes wrong. 



ON THE PROPOSED SYSTEM » 

Of State Consolidation, &c., about 1799 

In thoughtless hour some much misguided men. 
And more, who held a prostituted pen, 
From monstrous creeds a monstrous system drew, 
That every State into one kettle threw, 
And boil'd them up until the goodly mass 
Might for a kingdom, or a something, pass. 
In the gay circle of saint James's placed. 
From thence, no doubt, this modest plan they traced. 
Suit with the splendor that surrounds a king, 
Too many sigh'd, and wish'd to be that thing. 
Thence came a book (where came it but from thence?) 
Made up of all things but a grain of sense. 
Lawyers and counsellors echo'd back the note 
And lying journals praised the trash they wrote. 

Though British armies could not long prevail. 
Yet British politics may turn the scale : 
In ten short years, of freedom weary grown, 
The state, republic, sickens for a throne ; 
Senates and sycophants a pattern bring 
A mere disguise for parliament and king. 
A pensioned army ! Whence a plan so base ? — 
A despot's safety, liberty's disgrace. 
What saved these states from Britain's wasting hand. 
Who but the generous rustics of the land, 

'From the 1815 edition. 



226 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

A free-born race, inured to every toil, 
Who clear the forest and subdue the soil? 
They tyrants banish'd from this injured shore. 
And home-bred traitors may expel once more. 

Ye, who have propp'd the venerated cause, 
Who freedom honor'd, and sustain'd her laws ! 
When thirteen states are moulded into one, 
Your rights are vanish'd and your glory gone ; 
The form of freedom will alone remain — 
Rome had her senate when she hugg'd her chain. 
Sent to revise our system, — not to change, 
What madness that whole system to derange. 
Amendments, only, was the plan in view. 
You scorn amendments, and destroy it too. 
How much deceived ! would heroes of renown 
Scheme for themselves, and pull the fabric down, 
Bid in its place Columbia's column rise 
Inscribed with these sad words, — Here freedom lies ! 



ON A PROPOSED NEGOTIATION^ 

With the French RepubUc, and Political Reformation — 1799 

Thus to the verge of battle brought 
Reflection leads a happy thought, 
Agrees, half way, the Gaul to meet. 
Prepared to fight him or to treat. 

Fatigued with long oppression's reign, 
Tis time to break oppression's chain ; 
One gem we ravish'd from one crest 
And time, perhaps, will take the rest. 

' From the 18 15 edition. An embassy, headed by Chief Justice Ellsworth, 
had been appointed by Adams early in 1799 for the purpose of negotiating a 
treaty with France, but owing to diplomatic tangles it did not depart until late in 
the year. 



1797] ON A PROPOSED NEGOTIATION 227 

The revolutions of this age 
(To swell the late historian's page) 
Are but old prospects drawing near, 
The outset of a new career. 

What Plato saw, in ages fled. 
What Solon to the Athenians said, 
What fired the British Sydney's page. 
The Solon of a modern age. 

Is now unfolding to our view ; 
A system liberal, great, and new, 
Which from a long experience springs 
And bodes a better course of things. 

And will these States, whose beam ascends. 
On whose resolve so much depends ; 
Will these, whose Washington, or Greene, 
Gave motion to the vast machine ; 

Will these be torpid, careless found 
To help the mighty wheel go round ; 
These, who began the immortal strife. 
And liberty preferr'd to life. 

If not the cause of France we aid 
Yet never should the word be said 
That we, to royal patrons prone, 
Made not the cause of man our own. 

Could Britain here renew her sway. 
And we a servile homage pay. 
The coming age, too proud to yield. 
Would drive her myriads from the field. 

Time will mature the mighty scheme. 
We build on no platonic dream ; 
The light of truth shall shine again. 
And save the democratic reign. 



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STANZAS TO AN ALIENS 

Who after a Series of Persecutions emigrated to the Southwestern 
Country. — 1799 

Remote, beneath a sultry star, 

Where Mississippi flows afar, 

I see you rambling, God knows where. 

Sometimes, beneath a cypress bough, 
When met in dreams, with spirits low, 
I long to tell you what I know. 

How matters go, in this our day. 
When monarchy renews her sway, 
And royalty begins her play. 

I thought you wrong to come so far 
Till you had seen our western star 
Above the mists ascended clear. 

I thought you right, to speed your sails 
If you were fond of loathsome jails. 
And justice with uneven scales. 

And so you came and spoke too free 
And soon they made you bend the knee. 
And lodged you under lock and key. 

Discharged at last, you made your peace 
With all you had, and left the place 
With empty purse and meagre face. — ' 

You sped your way to other climes 
And left me here to teaze with rhymes 
The worst of men in worst of times. 

Where you are gone the soil is free 
And freedom sings from every tree, 
" Come quit the crowd and live with me ! " 

' From the 1815 edition. 



1797] ON blackbeard's castle 229 

Where I must stay, no joys are found ; 
Excisemen haunt the hateful ground, 
And chains are forged for all around. 

The scheming men, with brazen throat, 
Would set a murdering tribe afloat 
To hang you for the lines you wrote. 

If you are safe beyond their rage 
Thank heaven, and not our ruling sage, 
Who shops us up in jail and cage. 

Perdition seize that odious race 
Who, aiming at distinguish'd place. 
Would life and liberty efface ; 

With iron rod would rule the ball 
And, at their shrine, debase us all, 
Bid devils rise and angels fall. 

Oh wish them ill, and wish them long 

To be as usual in the wrong 

In scheming for a chain too strong. 

So will the happy time arrive 
When coming home, if then alive, 
You'll see them to the devil drive. 



STANZAS ' 



Written in Blackbeard's, the Pirate's, Castle, near the Town of St. 
Thomas, in the West Indies. — 1 799 

The ancient knave, who raised these walls, 

Now to oblivion half resign'd — 
His fortress to the mind recalls 

The nerve that stimulates mankind ; 

1 Text from the 1815 edition. 



230 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

When savage force exerts its part 
And ruffian blood commands the heart. 

This pirate, known to former days, 

The scourge of these unhappy climes. 
In this strong fabric thought to raise 
A monument to future times : 

To guard himself and guard his gold. 
Or shelter robbers, uncontrol'd. 

A standard on these walls he rear'd, 

And here he swore the oath profane, 
That by his god, and by his beard, 
Sole, independent, he would reign ; 
And do his best to crush the sway 
Of legal right and honesty. 

Within these walls, and in these vaults. 

Of princely power and wealth possess'd. 
Dominion hung on all his thoughts. 
And here he hoped an age of rest ; 
The wealth of princes flowing in 
That from the Spaniards he did win. 

He many a chief and captain awed. 

Or chain'd with fetters, foot and hand ; 
Uncheck'd, his fleets he sent abroad. 
Commission gave, conferr'd command ; 
And if his sailors skulk'd or fled, 
He made them shorter — by a head. 

Half Europe's flags he bade retire 

From ponderous guns he hurl'd the ball — 
He fiU'd his glass with liquid fire 
And drank damnation to them all : 
For many a year he held the sway 
And thousands at his mercy lay. 



1797] LINES WRITTEN AT SEA 23 1 

Confiding in his castle's strength 

Mann'd by a fierce, heroic crew, 
He blunder'd on till they at length. 
The model of a city drew, 

Where he might reign and be obey'd. 
And be the tyrant of all trade. 

Vain hope ! his fort neglected stands 

And, crumbling, hastens to decay ; — 
Where, once, he train'd his daring bands 
The stranger scarcely finds his way : 
The bushes in the castle grow 
Where once he menaced friend and foe. 

In this mysterious scene of things 

There must be laws or who could live? 
There must be laws to aid the wings 
Of those who on the ocean strive 

To earn by commerce, bold and free. 
The honest gains of industry. 



LINES WRITTEN AT SEA' 

No pleasure on earth can afford such delights. 
As the heavenly view of these tropical nights : 
The glow of the stars, and the breeze of the sea. 
Are heaven — if heaven on ocean can be. — 

The star of old Cancer is right overhead. 
And the sun in the water has travelled to bed ; 
He is gone, as some say, to recline at his ease, 
And not, like ourselves, to be pestered with fleas. 

What pity that here is no insular spot. 

Where quarrels, and murder, and malice are not : 

'Unique in the edition of 1809. 



232 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Where a stranger might land, to recruit his worn crew, 
Replenish the casks, and the water renew. 

On this Empire of waves, this expanse of the main. 
In the track we are sailing, no island is seen : 
The glow of the stars, and the breath of the wind 
Are lost ! — for they bring not the scent of the land ! 

Huge porpoises swim, where there should be an isle, 
Where an Eden might bloom, or a Cyprus might smile — 
From Palma,* thus far, with a tedious delay, 
Salt water and asther is all we survey ! 

Like an artist that's busy in melting his lead. 

At random it falls, and is carelessly spread, 

So Nature, though wisely the globe she has planned. 

Left the surface to chance — to be sea, or be land. 



STANZAS' 



To the memory of General Washington, who died December 14, 1799 
Terra tegit, populus mosret, cmlum habet ! 

Departing with the closing age 

To virtue, worth, and freedom true. 
The chief, the patriot, and the sage 
To Vernon bids his last adieu : 
To reap in some exalted sphere 
The just rewards of virtue here. 

Thou, Washington, by heaven design'd 

To act a part in human things 
That few have known among mankind. 
And far beyond the task of kings ; 
We hail you now to heaven received, 
Your mighty task on earth achieved. 

* The most north-westerly of the Canary Islands. — Freneau' s note 
' From the 1815 edition. 



1797] TO GENERAL WASHINGTON 233 

While sculpture and her sister arts, 

For thee their choicest wreaths prepare, 
Fond gratitude her share imparts 
And begs thy bones for burial there ; 
Where, near Virginia's northern bound 
Swells the vast pile on federal ground. 
To call from their obscure abodes 

The Grecian chief, the Roman sage, 
The kings, the heroes, and the gods 
Who fiourish'd in time's earlier age, 

Would be to class them not with you, — 
Superior far, in every view. 

Those ancients of ferocious mould, 

Blood their delight, arid war their trade. 
Their oaths profaned, their countries sold. 
And fetter'd nations prostrate laid ; 

Could these, like you, assert their claim 
To honor and immortal fame ? 
Those monarchs, proud of pillaged spoils. 

With nations shackled in their train. 
Returning from their desperate toils 

With trophies, — and their thousands slain ; 
In all they did no traits are known 
Like those that honor'd Washington. 
Who now will save our shores from harms, 

The task to him so long assign'd ? 
Who now will rouse our youth to arms 
Should war approach to curse mankind? 
Alas ! no more the word you give. 
But in your precepts you survive. 

Ah, gone ! and none your place supply. 

Nor will your equal soon appear ; 
But that great name can only die 

When memory dwells no longer here. 
When man and all his systems must 
Dissolve, like you, and turn to dust. 



234 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

STANZAS ' 

Upon the Same Subject with the Preceding 

The chief who freed these suffering lands 
From Britain's bold besieging bands, 
The hero, through all countries known, — 
The guardian genius of his own. 

Is gone to that celestial bourne 
From whence no traveller can return. 
Where Scipio and where Trajan went ; 
And heaven reclaims the soul it lent. 

Each heart with secret wo congeals ; 
Down the pale cheek moist sorrow steals, 
And all the nobler passions join 
To mourn, remember, and resign. 

O ye, who carve the marble bust 
To celebrate poor human dust, 
And from the silent shades of death 
Retrieve the form but not the breath, 

Vain is the attempt by force of art 
To impress his image on the heart : 
It lives, it glows, in every breast. 
And tears of millions paint it best. 

Indebted to his guardian care, 

And great alike in peace and war, 

The loss they feel these States deplore, — 

Their friend — their father — is no more. 

What will they do to avow their grief? 
No sighs, no tears, afford relief: 
Dark mourning weeds but ill express 
The poignant wo that all confess ; 

' From the 1815 edition. 



1797] ON CERTAIN ABSURD PANEGYRICS 235 

Nor will the monumental stone 
Assuage one tear — relieve one groan. 

O Washington ! thy honor'd dust 
To parent nature we entrust ; 
Convinced that your exalted mind 
Still lives, but soars beyond mankind, 
Still acts in virtue's sacred cause. 
Nor asks from man his vain applause. 

In raptures with a theme so great, 
While thy famed actions they relate. 
Each future age from thee shall know 
All that is good and great below ; 
Shall glow with pride to hand thee down 
To latest time, to long renown. 
The brightest name on freedom's page, 
And the first honor of our age. 



STANZAS' 



Occasioned by certain absurd, extravagant, and even blasphemous 

panegyrics and encomiums on the character of the late Gen. 

Washington, that appeared in several pamphlets, journals, 

and other periodical publications, in January, 1800 

No tongue can tell, no pen describe 
The phrenzy of a numerous tribe. 
Who, by distemper'd fancy led. 
Insult the memory of the dead. 

Of old, there were in every age 
Who stuff'd with gods the historian's page. 
And raised beyond the human sphere 
Some who, we know, were mortal here. 

1 From the 1815 edition. 



236 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Such was the case, we know full well, 
When darkness spread her pagan spell ; 
Mere insects, born for tombs and graves. 
They changed into celestial knaves ; 
Made some, condemn'd to tombs and shrouds, 
Lieutenant generals in the clouds. 

In journals, meant to spread the news, 
From state to state — and we know whose — 
We read a thousand idle things 
That madness pens, or folly sings. 

Was, Washington, your conquering sword 
Condemn'd to such a base reward? 
Was trash, like that we now review, 
The tribute to your valor due? 

One holds you more than mortal kind. 
One holds you all ethereal mind. 
This puts you in your saviour's seat. 
That makes you dreadful in retreat. 

One says you are become a star. 
One makes you more resplendent, far ; 
One sings, that, when to death you bow'd. 
Old mother nature shriek'd aloud. 

We grieve to see such pens profane 
The first of chiefs, the first of men. — 
To Washington — a man — who died. 
As abba father well applied? 

Absurdly, in a frantic strain. 
Why ask him not for sun and rain ? — 
We sicken at the vile applause 
That bids him give the ocean laws. 

Ye patrons of the ranting stram, 
What temples have been rent in twain ? 



1797] ON CERTAIN ABSURD PANEGYRICS 237 

What fiery chariots have been sent 
To dignify the sad event? — 

O, ye profane, irreverent few, 
Who reason's medium never knew : 
On you she never glanced her beams ; 
You carry all things to extremes. 

Shall they, who spring from parent earth. 
Pretend to more than mortal birth? 
Or, to the omnipotent allied. 
Control his heaven, or join his side? 

O, is there not some chosen curse. 
Some vengeance due, with lightning's force 
That far and wide destruction spreads. 
To burst on such irreverent heads ! 

Had they, in life, be-praised him so. 
What would have been the event, I know 
He would have spurn'd them, with disdain, 
Or rush'd upon them, with his cane. 

He was no god, ye flattering knaves. 
He own'd no world, he ruled no waves ; 
But — and exalt it, if you can. 
He was the upright. Honest Man. 

This was his glory, this outshone 
Those attributes you doat upon : 
On this strong ground he took his stand. 
Such virtue saved a sinking land. 



238 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

TO THE MEMORY OF EDWARD 
RUTLEDGE, ESQ.' 

Late Governor of South Carolina 

Removed from life's uncertain stage, 

In virtue firm, in honor clear, — 
One of the worthies of our age, 

Rutledge ! resigns his station here. 

Alike in arts of war and peace, 

And form'd by nature to excel, 
From early Rome and ancient Greece, 

He modell'd all his actions well. 

When Britons came with chains to bind, 

Or ravage these devoted lands, 
He our firm league of freedom sign'd 

And counsell'd how to break their bands. 

To the great cause of honor true, 

He took his part with manly pride, 
His spirit o'er these regions flew, 

The patriots' and the soldiers' guide. 

In arts of peace, in war's bold schemes 
Amongst our brightest stars he moved. 

The Lees, the Moultries, Sumpters, Greenes — 
By all admired, by all beloved. 

A patriot of superior mould. 

He dared all foreign foes oppose. 
Till, from a tyrant's ashes cold, 

The mighty pile of freedom rose. 

' From the iSiJ edition. Edward Rutledge was a member of the Continental 
Congress from South Carolina and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 
He was a conspicuous figure during the whole war. He was elected governor of 
South Carolina in 1798, but died January 23, 1800, before completing his term. 



1797] TO EDWARD RUTLEDGE 239 

In process of succeeding days 

When peace resumed her joyous reign, 

With laurel wreaths and twining bays 
He sought less active life again. 

There, warm to plead the orphan's cause 

From misery's eye to dry the tear. 
He stood where justice guards the laws 

At once humane, at once severe. 

'Twas not his firm enlighten'd mind. 

So ardent in affairs of state ; 
'Twas not that he in armies shined 

That made him so completely great : 

Persuasion dwelt upon his tongue, 

He spoke — all hush'd, and all were awed ; — 

From all he said conviction sprung, 
And crowds were eager to applaud. 

Thus long esteem'd, thus early loved, 

The tender husband, friend sincere ; 
The parent, patriot, sage, approved, 

Had now survived his fiftieth year — 

Had now the highest honors met 

That Carolina could bestow ; 
Presiding o'er that potent state 

Where streams of wealth and plenty flow. 

Where labor spreads her rural reign 

To western regions bold and free ; 
And commerce on the Atlantic main 

Wafts her rich stores of industry : 

Then left this stage of human things 

To shine in a sublimer sphere 
Where time to one assemblage brings 

All virtuous minds, all hearts sincere. 



240 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

ON THE DEPARTURE OF PETER PORCUPINE ^ 

For England 
A bird of night attends the sail 
That now towards us turns her tail 
With Porcupine, escaped from jail. 

may the sharks enjoy their bait : 
He came such mischief to create 
We wish him not a better fate. 
This hero of the pension'd pen 
Has left our shores, and left his den 
To write at home for English men. 

Five thousand dollars,^ we may guess. 
Have made his pension something less — 
So, Peter left us, — in distress. 

He writ, and writ, and writ so long * 
That sheriff came, with writ more strong. 
And he went off, and all went wrong. 

May southern gales that vex the main. 
Or Boreas, with his whistling train 
Make Peter howl and howl again. 

1 hear him screech, I hear him shout ! — 
The storm has put his Rush light f out — 
I see him famish'd with sour crout. 

* For several years he published newspapers and other periodical works in 
Philadelphia which had a vast circulation ; the whole scope and tendency of which 
was, as is well remembered, to render the republican institutions of this country 
contemptible, as well as odious to the people ; and by discontenting them with their 
government, to open the way for the introduction of a monarchial system. He was 
thought to be a pensioner of the English government ; but whether such or not is 
uncertain. — Freneau's note. 

t A weekly pamphlet publication, in which the political as well as private 
character of Dr. Rush, and other persons of celebrity, was vilified to the lowest 
degree of scurrility, malignancy and falsehood. — lb. 

1 From the 1815 edition. William Cobbett sailed for England in June, 1800. 

2 Cobbett was sued by Dr. Rush for libel, was found guilty, and compelled to 
pay a fine of jS5,ooo. 



1797] DEPARTURE OF PETER PORCUPINE 24 1 

May on the groaning vessel's side 
All Neptune's ruffian strength be try'd 
Till every seam is gaping wide. 

And while the waves about him swell 
May not one triton blow the shell 
(A sign at sea of doing well) : 

But should he reach the british shore, 
(The land that englishmen adore) 
One trouble will he find and more : 

His pen will run at such a rate, 
His malice so provoke the great, 
They soon will drive him out of date. 

With broken heart and blunted pen 
He'll sink among the little men 
Or scribble in some Newgate den. 

Alack, alack ! he might have stay'd 
And followed here the scribbling trade. 
And lived without the royal aid. 

But democratic laws he hated. 
Our government he* so be-rated 
That his own projects he. defeated. 

He took his leave from Sandy- Hook, 
And parted with a surly look. 
That all observed and few mistook. 



16 



242 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

THE NAUTICAL RENDEZVOUS * 

Written at a house in Guadaloupe, in 1800, where they were collecting 
Recruits for a Privateer 

The ship preparing for the main 
Enlists a wild, but gallant train, 
Who in a moving jail would roam 
Disgusted with the world at home. 

They quit the fields and quit the trees 
To seek their bread on stormy seas ; 
Perhaps to see the land no more. 
Or see, but not enjoy the shore. 

There must be some as this world goes 
Who every joy and pleasure lose, 
And round the world at random stray 
To gain their bread the shortest way. 

They hate the ax, they hate the hoe 

And execrate the rural plough, 

The mossy bank, the sylvan shade 

Where once they wrought, where once they play'd : 

Prefer a boisterous, mad career, 
A broken leg, and wounds severe. 
To all the joys that can be found 
On mountain top or furrow'd ground. 

A hammock holds them when they sleep ; 
A tomb, when dying, in the deep, 
A crowded deck, a cann of beer 
These sons of Amphitrite prefer 
To all the verdure of the fields 
Or all a quiet pillow yields. 

1 From the 1815 edition. 



1797] TO ^DANUS BURKE 243 

There must be such a nervous race, 
Who venture all, and no disgrace ; 
Who will support through every blast, 
The shatter'd ship, the falling mast — 
Who will support through every sea 
The sacred cause of liberty, 
And every foe to ruin drag 
Who aims to strike the gallic flag. 



TO THE MEMORY! 

Of the Late ^Edanus Burke, Esq. , of South-Carolina 

Quiesco — ubi saeva indignatio, 
Ulterius cor lacerare nequit! 

A land enslaved, his generous heart disdain'd 
Which tyrants fetter'd, and where tyrants reign'd : 
Disgusted there, he left the hibernian shore 
The laws that bound him, and the isle that bore. 

Bold, open, free, he call'd the world his own, 
Preferr'd our new republics to a throne ; 
And lent his aid their insults to repay. 
Repel the britons and to win the day. 

In every art of subtlety untaught, 
He spoke no more, than "just the thing he ought; " 
For justice warm, he spurn'd, with just disdain. 
The mean evasion, and the law's chicane. 

Burke ! to thy shade we pay this last address. 
And only say what all, who knew, confess : 

• From the edition of 1815. ^danus Burke, a native of Ireland, died in 
Ciiarleston, S. C, March 30, 1802. He was a soldier of the Revolution, a judge 
of the State Supreme Court, and a member of the first Federal Congress. He was 
a man of the purest patriotism, and his influence was wide and potent. 



244 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Your virtues were not of the milder kind, 
But rugged independence ruled your mind, 
And, stern, in all that binds to honor's cause, 
No interest sway'd you to desert her laws. 

Then rest in peace, the portion of the just, 
Where Carolina guards your honor'd dust : 
Beneath a tree, remote, obscure, you sleep. 
But all the sister virtues, round you, weep ; 
Your native worth, no tongue, no time arraigns, 
That last memorial, and the best remains ! 



TO THE 
REV. SAMUEL STANHOPE SMITH, D.D.' 

And president of Nassau-hall, at Princeton, New- Jersey, on the 

rebuilding of that noble edifice, which had been 

destroyed by fire 

This honor'd pile, so late in ashes laid. 
Once more emerges, by your generous aid ; 
Your aid, and their's, who through our vast domain. 
Befriend the muses, and their cause sustain. 

■The text is from the edition of 18 15. The interior of Nassau Hall was 
destroyed by fire March 6, 1802. The damage was promptly repaired by gen- 
erous contributions from the alumni and friends of the institution. President 
Smith took an active part in the work of rebuilding and it was in no small measure 
due to his efforts that the edifice was so quickly restored. 

Nassau Hall, the oldest and because of its historical associations the most 
interesting of the Princeton buildings, was erected in 1756 from plans drawn by 
Robert Smith and Dr. Shippen of Philadelphia. It was for many years the 
handsomest and most commodious academic structure in the colonies and as such 
attracted no little attention. During the Revolution it served repeatedly as 
barracks and hospital for both armies and suffered considerable damage. From 
the 26th of June until the 4th of November, 1783, it was the national capitol. 
Within its walls the Congress of the nation found a safe retreat and for more than 
four months held quiet session in the spacious library-room remote from the mutin- 
ous troops at Philadelphia. Here the Minister from the States General of Holland, 
the first ambassador accredited to America after the declaration of peace was 
received, and here the grateful acknowledgments of Congress were tendered 
Washington for his services in establishing the freedom and independence of the 
United States. 



1797] TO THE REV. SAMUEL STANHOPE SMITH 245 

In flames involved, that stately fabric fell, 
Where, long presiding, you deserved so well ; 
But to the dust when you beheld it fall. 
The honor'd, famed, majestic, Nassau-Hall, 
Not then repining in that darkened hour 
Your native genius show'd its native power, 
And plann'd the means to bid a structure rise 
Pride of the arts, and favorite of the wise. 
For this we saw you trace the unwearied mile 
And saw the friends of Nassau on you smile ; 
They to your efforts lent their generous aid, 
And every honor to your genius paid. 
To the firm patron of the arts they gave 
What Alfred lavish'd, and what arts should have. 

For this we saw you rove the southern waste 
In our Columbia's milder climates placed. 
Those happier shores, where Carolina proves 
The friend of Princeton's academic groves, 
Where Georgia owns the wreath to science due 
And honor'd science, genius, art, and you : 
And Charleston every generous wish return'd, 
Sigh'd for the loss, and for her favorite mourn'd. 
Proud of her sons, who by your cares are seen ^ 
Lights of the world, and pride of social man. 
There Ramsay met you, esculapian sage. 
The famed historian of a warring age. 
His word gave vigor to your vast design. 
And his strong efforts equall'd all but thine. 

Nassau revived, from thence in time proceed 
Chiefs, who shall empire sway, or legions lead. 
Who, warm'd with all that philosophic glow 
Which Greece, or Rome, or reasoning powers bestow. 
Shall to mankind the friends and guardians be 
Shall make them virtuous, and preserve them free. 



246 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

From that lost pile, which, now to ashes turn'd ; 

The sage regretted and the muses mourn'd. 

Sprung, once, a race who firm to freedom's cause, 

Repell'd oppression and despotic laws, 

Unsceptered kings, or one at least dismiss'd. 

With half the lords and prefects on his list : 

Such, early, here imbibed the sacred flame 

That glanced from heaven, or from true science came ; 

With these enroU'd, be every honor done 

To our firm statesman, patriot, Madison, 

Form'd to the purpose of a reasoning age, 

To raise its genius, and direct its rage. 

This tribute from a friendly heart receive, 
O Smith ! which must your kind indulgence crave. 
If half a stranger to the poet's lay. 
It fails your just, your due reward to pay. 



STANZAS 

Published at the Procession to the Tomb of 
THE Patriots 

In the Vicinity of the Former Stations of the Prison Ships, at New -York. ^ 
Beneath these banks, along this shore. 

And underneath the waters, more 
Forgotten corpses rest ; 

More bones by cruelty consigned 

To death, than shall be told mankind 
To chill the feeling breast : 

More bones of those who, dying here 
In floating dungeons, anchored near, 

A prey to fierce disease. 
Than fame in her recording page 
Will tell some late enquiring age. 

When telling things like these. 

' From the edition of 1809. 



1797] PROCESSION TO TOMB OF THE PATRIOTS 247 

Ah me ! what ills, what sighs, what groans, 
What spectre forms, what moving moans, 

What woes on woes were found ; 
When here oppressed, insulted, crossed. 
The vigour of the soul was lost 

In miseries thickening round. 

The youths of firm undaunted mind. 
To climate nor to coast confined. 

All misery taught to bear — 
I saw them, as the sail they spread, 
I saw them by misfortune led 

To capture, and to care. 

Though night and storms were round them cast, 
They climbed the well-supported mast. 

And reefed the fluttering sail ; 
Though thunders roared and lightnings glared, 
They toil, nor death, nor danger feared. 

They braved the loudest gale. — 

Great Cause, that brought them all their woe : 
Thou, Freedom ! — bade their spirits glow ; 

But forced, at last, to yield. 
Died in despair each sickening crew : 
They vanished from the world — but you, 

Columbia, kept the field. 

They sunk, unpitied, in their bloom, — 
They scarcely found a shallow tomb 

To hide the naked bones : 
For, feeble was the nervous hand 
That once could toil, or once command 

The force of Neptune's sons. 

In aid of that immortal cause 

Which spurned at England's tyrant laws. 



248 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

These passed the troubled main ; 
They dared the seas she called her own, 
To meet the ruffians of a throne, 

And honour's purpose gain. 

All generous — while that power was proved. 
To war the brave adventurers moved, 

And catched the seaman's art, 
Met on their own domain, the crew 
Of foreign slaves, that never knew 

The independent heart. 

Thou, Independence, vast design ; 
The efforts of the brave were thine, 

When doubtful all, and dark ; 
It was a chaos to explore ; 
It seemed all sea, without a shore, 

Nor on that sea an ark. 

For You, the young, the firm, the brave. 
Too often met an early grave. 

Unnoticed and unknown : 
On naked shores were seen to lie, 
In scorching heats were doomed to die 

With agonizing groan. 

By strength, or chance, if some survived 
Disease, which hosts of life deprived. 

That life they should devote. 
To venture all in Freedom's cause. 
To combat tyrants, and their laws, 

So felt near this sad spot. 

Yes — and the spirit which began, 
(We swear by all that's great in man) 

That spirit shall go on. 
To brighten and illume the mind, 
'Till tyrants vanish from mankind 

And Tyranny is Done. 



1797] THE TOMB OF THE PATRIOTS 249 



THE TOMB OF THE PATRIOTS 1* 

Quae Tiberine, videbis 
Funera, cum, tumulum praeter labore recentum ! Virg. 

When Philip's son possess'd his native lands 
And train'd on grecian fields his grecian bands, 
In Thebes subdued, or Athens near her fall, 
He saw no honor, or despised it all. 
To be reduced to universal sway 
The world's vast prospect in perspective lay ; — 
While yet restricted to Larissa's plain 
He cursed his fortune for a lot so mean. 
On all his steps the gloom of sadness hung, 
And fierce resentment all his bosom stung 
That fortune's whim restrain'd to such a floor, 
Had done so little, and might do no more. 
Mercantile Tyre his laboring mind oppress'd, 
The persian throne deprived his soul of rest — 
The world his stage, he meant to play his part. 
And unsubjected India gall'd his heart ! 

Look to the east where Tamerlane display'd 
His crescent f moons and nations prostrate laid, 
March where he would, the world before him bow'd 
In conquest mighty, as of conquest proud — 
What was the event? let tragic story tell 
While sad sensations in the bosom swell — 

1 From the edition of 1815. 

* Occasioned by the general procession of many thousands of the citizens of 
New York on the 26th of May, 1808, to inter the bones and skeletons of american 
prisoners who perished in the old Jersey, and other prison ships, during the revo- 
lutionary war ; and which were now first discovered by the wasting of the shores 
and banks on Long Island, where they had been left. — Freneau's note. 

f The three crescent moons in the turkish military standard, which had their 
origin, it is said, from the asiatic Tartars. Timurbeck (or Tamerlane) was of 
tartarian extraction. — Freneau^s note. 



2 50 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

What were the effects ? in every step we trace 

The wasteful havoc of a royal race, 

Once fertile fields a howling desert made 

The town in ashes, or the town decay'd, 

Degraded man to native wildness turn'd. 

His prospects clouded and his commerce spurn'd — 

If such the outset of this mad career 

What will the last disgusting scene appear, 

Of all he conquer'd, when no more remains 

Than vagrant subjects, or unpeopled plains ! 

Thus, when ambition prompts the ardent mind. 
The soul, eccentric, frantic, unconfined. 
To peace a stranger, soars to heights unknown. 
And, slighting reason, yields the will to none ; 
Mere passion rules, degrading powers prevail. 
And cool reflection quits the unbalanced scale. 
It leaves the haunts of happiness and rest 
To float on winds, disorder'd and unblest. 
Quits all the calm that nature meant for man 
To find some prize, or form the aspiring plan ; 
That plan ungain'd, the object cheats the view. 
Or, if attain'd, they other marks pursue ; 
Till all is closed in disappointment's shade 
And folly wonders at the flight she made : 
Ambition's self finds every prospect vain. 
The visions vanish, and the glooms remain. 

And such the vice, with nations as with man. 
Such the great failing since the world began : 
To power exalted, as to power they rose 
By honest toils, and humbling all their foes ; 
That zenith gain'd, they covet vast domains 
And all, that pride from vast possession gains. 
Till glittering visions bring the uneasy sigh 
And uncontrol'd dominion blasts the eye. 



1797] THE TOMB OF THE PATRIOTS 25 I 

Britain ! we cite you to our bar, once more ; 
What but ambition urged you to our shore ? — 
To abridge our native rights, seven years you strove ; 
Seven years were ours your arm of death to prove. 
To find, that conquest was your sovereign view ; 
Your aims, to fetter, humble, and subdue. 
To seize a soil which not your labor till'd 
When the rude native scarcely we repell'd, 
When, with unbounded rage, their nations swore 
To hurl the out-law'd stranger from their shore, 
Or swell the torrent with their thousands slain 
No more to approach them, or molest their reign. — 

What did we ask ? — what right but reason owns ? 
Yet even the mild petition met your frowns. 
Submission, only, to a monarch's will 
Could calm your rage, or bid your storm be still, 

Before our eyes the angry shades appear 
Of those, whose relics we this day inter : 
They live, they speak, reproach you, and complain 
Their lives were shorten'd by your galling chain : 
They aim their shafts, directed to your breast, — 
Let rage, and fierce resentment tell the rest. 

These coffins, tokens of our last regard, 
These mouldering bones your vengeance might have 

spared. — 
If once, in life, they met you on the main, 
If to your arms they yielded on the plain, — 
Man, once a captive, all respect should claim 
That Britain gave, before her days of shame. 
How changed their lot ! in floating dungeons thrown. 
They sigh'd unpitied, and relieved by none : 
In want of all that nature's wants demand. 
They met destruction from some traitor's hand, 



252 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Who treated all with death or poison here, 
Or the last groan, with ridicule severe. 

A sickening languor to the soul returns 
And kindling passion at the motive spurns : 
The murders here, did we at length display 
Would more than paint an Indian tyrant's sway : 
Then hush the theme, and to the dust restore 
These, once so wretched near Manhattan's shore. 
When tyrants ruled, whose hearts no mercy felt : 
In blood they wallow'd as in death they dealt. 

Thou who shalt come, by sad reflection taught. 
To seek on Nassau's isle this lonely vault ; 
Think, when surveying this too gloomy scene. 
Think what, had heaven decreed, you might have been. 
When, with the rest, you pass'd the weary hour 
Chain'd or subjected to some ruffian's power, 
Think, as you see the sad procession pass'd. 
Think what these are, and you must be at last. — 

Learn, as you hope to find your heart's applause. 
To love your country and respect her laws ; 
Revere the sages, who your rights explain'd. 
Revere the patriots, who your cause sustain'd. 
Your country's Hero, rising to your view, 
Attend his precepts, and with care pursue. 
He first to shield you, rais'd his powerful arm. 
To honor steady as for freedom warm ; 
When she relumed her half-extinguish'd fire, 
Then, not till then, did Washington retire. 
And left a light, a radiance to display, 
And mark his efforts, when he led the way. 
When war's long waste your independence crown'd 
And Hudson heard th' invigorating sound ! 
His was the task ; to him the part assign'd 
To paralize the vultures of mankind. 



1797] THE TOMB OF THE PATRIOTS 253 

Admit no tyrants, to debase your minds ; 
Some selfish motive to all tyrants binds ; 
If robed in ermine or in scarlet clad, 
The worst of idiots is a king run mad : 
And Rome's worst prince accomplish'd by a word 
No more, than by his councils, George the third ! 

How oft has rugged nature charged my pen 
With gall, to shed it on that worst of men, 
Who, dumb to all that reason might decide. 
Mankind, their reason, and their prayers defy'd : 
Who, firm to all that phrenzy could pursue, 
Explored the ancient world, to chain the new ; 
And tired the despot, search'd each dark recess, 
And ransack'd hell, to find the hireling hesse : — 
Could he be here, a witness to this day. 
With calm delight he would this scene survey. 
Would see unmoved, with apathy of mind. 
The gaping vault, this havoc of mankind ! 
Without a tear, these mouldering bones review, 
That fell by ruffian hands — employ'd by you. 

His phrenzy, rampant with the right divine. 
Inspired a nation with a black design. 
To blast with poison, like a wizard's spell, 
And plant on man the characters of hell ! — 

Thou, who shalt come, of feeling mind possest. 
And, heaven's first gift, the patriotic breast. 
On this bleak coast, to tread the island plain. 
Think, what revenge disgraced a monarch's reign ! 
Who, not content with wealth and power we gave. 
Forgot the subject, to enthral the slave : 
Such was his hope ; — that hope to realize 
He sent his myriads to demand the prize ; 
What were the splendid trophies he acquired? 
Were these bleach'd bones the trophies he admired? 



2 54 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

While passion fires, or kindred sorrows fall, 
Ask not, if this sequester'd cell is all, 
Is all that honors these collected bones? — 
Enough is done to stigmatize all thrones : 
Ask not, while passion with resentment fires, 
Why to the skies no monument aspires? — 
Enough is done to rouse the patriot glow 
And bid the rising race your feelings know. 



ON THE PEAK OF PICO 

ONE OF THE AZORES, OR WESTWARD ISLANDS 1 

Attracted to this airy steep 

Above the subject hills. 
Ocean, from his surrounding deep 

The urn of Pico fills. 

Thence gushing streams, unstinted, stray 

To glad the mountain's side ; 
Or, winding through the vallies, gay. 

Through fields, and groves, and vineyards glide. 
To him the plains their verdure owe 
Confessing what your smiles bestow. 

Thou Peak of the Azores. 

From day to day the unwearied sail 

Surveys your towering cone. 
And when th' adjacent prospects fail. 
And neighboring isles no more they hail, 

You meet the eye alone. 
Twice forty miles the exploring eye 

Discerns you o'er the waste, 

1 From the edition of 1 815. Freneau sailed for the Madeira Islands May 12, 
1803, arriving there on June 23. He was back in Charleston on August 16 
following. 



1797] ^ BACCHANALIAN DIALOGUE 255 

Now, a blue turret in the sky 

When not by mists embraced. 
Long may you stand, the friendly mark, 

To those who sail afar, 
A spot that guides the wandering barque, 

A second polar star. 



A BACCHANALIAN DIALOGUE 

Written 1803I 

Arrived at Madeira, the island of vines. 

Where mountains and vallies abound, 
Where the sun the wild juice of the cluster refines, 

To gladden the magical ground : 

As pensive I stray'd in her elegant shade. 

Now halting and now on the move. 
Old Bacchus I met, with a crown on his head, 

In the darkest recess of a grove. 

I met him with awe, but no symptom of fear 
As I roved by his mountains and springs. 

When he said with a sneer, "how dare you come here. 
You hater of despots and kings? — 

Do you know that a prince, and a regent renown'd 

Presides in this island of wine? 
Whose fame on the earth has encircled it round 

And spreads from the pole to the line? 

Haste away with your barque : on the foam of the main 

To Charleston I bid you repair : 
There drink your Jamaica, that maddens the brain ; 

You shall have no Madeira — I swear." 

1 From edition of 18 15. 



256 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

" Dear Bacchus," (I answered) for Bacchus it was 

That spoke in this menacing tone : 
I knew by the smirk and the iiush on his face 

It was Bacchus, and Bacchus alone — 

" Dear Bacchus, (I answered) ah, why so severe? — 

Since your nectar abundantly flows, 
Allow me one cargo — without it I fear 

Some people will soon come to blows : 

I left them in wrangles, disorder, and strife, 

Political feuds were so high, 
I was sick of their quarrels, and sick of my life. 

And almost requested to die." 

The deity smiling, replied, ' ' I relent : — 

For the sake of your coming so far, 
Here, taste of my choicest — go, tell them repent, 

And cease their political war. 

With the cargo I send, you may say, I intend 

To hush them to peace and repose ; 
With this presenfof mine, on the wings of the wind 

You shall travel, and tell them, here goes 

A health to old Bacchus ! who sends them the best 

Of the nectar his island affords, 
The soul of the feast and the joy of the guest, 

Too good for your monarchs and lords. 

No rivals have I in this insular waste. 

Alone will I govern the isle 
With a king at my feet, and a court to my taste, 

And all in the popular style. 

But a spirit there is in the order of things. 

To me it is perfectly plain. 
That will strike at the scepters of despots and kings, 

And only king Bacchus remain." 



1797] WRITTEN AT THE ISLAND OF MADEIRA 257 

STANZAS WRITTEN AT THE ISLAND OF 
MADEIRA' 

On the fatal and unprecedented torrents of water which collected from 
the mountains on the ninth of October, 1803, and destroyed a con- 
siderable part of the city of Funchal, drowned a vast number 
of people, and damaged, to a great amount, several plan- 
tations and villages in that neighborhood. 

The rude attack, if none will tell, 

On Bacchus, in his favorite isle ; 
If none in verse describe it well, 
If none assume a poet's style 

These devastations to display ; — 
Attend me, and perhaps I may. 

To those who own the feeling heart 
This tragic scene I would present. 
No fiction, or the work of art. 
Nor merely for the fancy meant : 
Twas all a shade, a darken'd scene. 
Old Noah's deluge come again ! 

'From hills beyond the clouds that soar. 

The vaults of heaven, the torrents run, 
And rushing with resistless power, 
Assail'd the island of the sun : 

Fond nature saw the blasted vine, 
And seem'd to sicken and repine. 

As skyward stream'd the electric fire 

The heavens emblazed, or wrapt in gloom ; 
The clouds appear, the clouds retire 
And terror said, ' ' the time is come 

When all the groves, and hill, and plain 
Will sink to ocean's bed again." 

I From the edition of 18 15. Freneau sailed from Charleston January 2?, 
1804, and on March 7 he arrived at Madeira. On April 15 he was at Santa Cruz, 
and on May 1 1 he sailed for home. 
17 



258 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

The cheery god, who loves to smile 

And gladness to the heart bestows, 
Almost resolved to quit his isle, 
And in unwonted passion rose ; 

He sought his caves in wild dismay 
And left the heavens to have their way. 

The whistling winds had ceased to blow ; 

Not one, of all the aerial train — 
No gale to aid that night of wo 

Disturb'd the slumbers of the main ; 
In distant woods they silent slept ; 
Or, in the clouds, the tempest kept. 

The bursting rains in seas descend, 
Machico * heard the distant roar. 
And lightnings, while the heavens they rend, 
Show'd ruin marching to the shore : 
Egyptian darkness brought her gloom 
And fear foreboded nature's doom. 

The heavens on fire, an ocean's force 

Seized forests, vineyards, herds, and men. 
And swelling streams from every source 
Bade ancient chaos come again : 

Through Fonchal's f road their courses held 
And ocean saw his waves repell'd. 

Ill fated town! — what works of pride 
In one short hour were swept away ! 
Huge piles that time had long defy'd. 
In ruthless ruin scatter'd lay : 

Some buried in the opening deep — 
With crowds dismiss'd to endless sleep, 

* A distant village on the island. — Freneau's note. 
•f The capital town of the island. — Ibid. 



1797] WRITTEN AT THE ISLAND OF MADEIRA 259 

From her fond arms the daughter torn. 

The mother saw destruction near ; 
Both on the whirling surge were borne, 
Forgetful of the farewell tear : 

At distance torn, with feeble cries, 
Far from her arms the infant dies. 

Her dear delight, her darling boy 

In morn of days and dawning bloom. 
This opening bud of promised joy 
Too early found a watery tomb. 
Or floated on the briny waste ; 
No more beloved, no more embraced. 

From heights immense, with force unknown. 

Enormous rocks and mangled trees 
Were headlong hurl'd and hurrying down, 
Fix'd their foundation in the seas ! 

Or, rushing with a mountain's weight, 
Hurl'd to the deeps their domes of state. 

On heaven intent the affrighted priest 

Where church was left, to churches ran. 
With suppliant voice the skies addrest. 
And wail'd the wickedness of man : 

For which he thought, this scourge was meant. 
And, weeping, said, repent, repent ! 

But Santa Clara's lofty walls, 

Where pines through life the pious nun. 
Whose prison to the mind recalls 
What superstition's power has done : 
No conquest there the floods essay'd. 
Religion guarded man and maid. 

What seem'd beyond the cannon's power. 

The walls of rock, were torn away ; 
To ruin sunk the church and tower. 



26o POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

And no respect the flood would pay 
To silver saints, or saints of wood, 
The bishop's cap, the friar's hood. 

Hard was their fate ! more happy thou 

The lady of the mountain tall ; * 
When desolation raged below 

She stood secure, and scorn'd it all, 
Where Gordon, f for retirement, chose 
His groves, his gardens, and the muse. 

Who on this valley's drowning bed 

Would plan a street, or build again, 
Unthinking as the Brazen head X 

For wretches builds a source of pain, 
A church, a street, that soon or late 
May share the same, or a worse fate. 

Let some vast bridge assume their place 

Like those the romans raised of old. 
With arches, firm as nature's base. 
Of architecture grand and bold ; 
So will the existing race engage 
The thanks of a succeeding age. 

Pontinia § long must wear the marks 
Of this wide-wasting scene of wo, 

* Nossa Senyora da Montana, a fine church on a high eminence in the moun- 
tains. — Freneav! s note. 

f A respectable gentleman of the island. — Ibid. 

\ A rocky promontory a few miles eastward of the capital. — Ibid. 

§ The western quarter, near the Loo fort, where is the only eligible place of 
landing. — Ibid. 

General Note. 

From the best accounts that could be procured at Madeira, there perished in 
and near the city of Funchal, five hundred and fifty persons. The ravages were 
chiefly confined to the eastern parts of the town where the loss was immense in 
bridges, houses, streets and other property, public as well as private — there was 
one magnificent church totally destroyed, standing near the sea, and called in the 



1797] ON THE PEAK OF TENERIFFE 26 1 

Where near the Loo, the tar embarks 

When prosperous winds, to waft him, blow : 
These ravages may time repair, 
But he and I will not be there. 



ON THE PEAK OF TENERIFFE 

1804^ 

No mean, no human artist laid 

The base of this prodigious pile. 
The towering peak — but nature said 
Let this adorn Tenaria's isle ; 
And be my work for ages found 
The polar star to islands round. 

The conic-point that meets the skies 

Indebted to volcanic fire, 
First from the ocean bid to rise. 
To heaven was suffer'd to aspire ; 
But man, ambitious, did not dare 
To plant one habitation there : 

Portuguese tongue, Nossa Senyora du Caillou (lady of the beach) besides this, 
there were five handsome chapels carried away. Five very considerable streets 
with their immense stone buildings have entirely disappeared, or but some insig- 
nificant parts remaining. The water rose in a short space of time from 14 to 16 
feet in the adjacent parts of the city, and bursting into the buildings, where it did 
not much injure the latter, it greatly damaged the merchantile property lodged 
therein. There were about two hundred persons supposed to be lost in other 
parts of the island, particularly in the villages, and small towns. The following 
circumstance it was asserted, added not a little to the devastations occasioned by the 
accumulation of water in the vallies. The governor, with several other considerable 
landholders in the mountains, had, for several years back, been in the practice of 
erecting stone dams across the vast and spacious valley above the city, at different 
intervals of distance for the purpose of watering the adjacent grounds, or leading 
off streams in a variety of directions — when the immense body of rain fell in Octo- 
ber last, all this gave way, and carried death and destruction therewith. — 
Freneau' s note. 

■ From the edition of 1 815. 



262 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

For torrents from the mountain came ; 

What molten floods were seen to glow ! 
Expanded sheets of vivid flame, 
To inundate the world below ! 

These, older than the historian's page 
Once bellow'd forth vext nature's rage. 

In ages past, as may again, 

Such lavas from those ridges run. 
And hastening to the astonish'd main 
Exposed earth's entrails to the sun ; 
These, barren, once, neglected, dead. 
Are now with groves and pastures spread. 

Upon the verdant, scented lawn 

The flowers a thousand sweets disperse. 
And pictures, there, by nature drawn, 
Inspire some island poet's verse. 

While streams through every valley rove 
To bless the garden, grace the grove. 

To blast a scene above all praise 

Should fate, at last, be so severe. 
May this not hap' in Julia's * days, — 
While Barrey * dwells all honor'd, here : 
While Little * lives, of generous mind. 
Or Armstrong,* social as refined. — 

* A lady, and gentlemen of the first respectability, then residing at'Santa Cruz, 
san Christoval de Laguna, and Port Oratava in the island of Teneriffe. — Freneau's 
note. 



1797] ANSWER TO A CARD OF INVITATION 263 

ANSWER TO A CARD OF INVITATION 

To visit a nunnery at Garrichica, on the north side of Teneriffe ' 

It came to hand, your friendly card, 
No doubt, a token of regard ; 
But time is short, and I must leave 
Your pensive town of Oratave, 
And, soon departing, well you know. 
Have many a weary mile to go. 

Then stay and sip Canary wines. 
While I return to oaks and pines, 
To rail at kings, or court the muse. 
To smoke a pipe, or turn recluse, 
To think upon adventures past 
To think of what must come at last — 
To drive the quill — and — to be brief. 
To think no more of Teneriffe. — 

How happy you who once a week. 
Can storm a fort at Garrichique, 
Or talk, familiar with the nuns 
Secluded there with Levi's sons ; 
To see them smile, or hear them prate. 
Or chant, and chat behind the grate ! 
All this is heaven, I half suspect. 
And who would such a heaven neglect? 
All I can say is what I mean. 
May you embrace each Iphigene, 
And hug and kiss them all the while. 
These fair Calypsoes of the isle : 
Then if what Sappho said, be true. 
Blest as the immortal gods are you. 

1 From the edition of 1815. 



264 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

For me, not favor' d so by fate, 
I venture not behind the grate : 
There dragons guard the golden fleece, 
And nymphs immured find no release : 
Forbidden fruit you weekly see, 
Forbidden fruit on every tree. 
When he who tastes, may look for strife. 
Where he who touches ventures life. 
The jealous priests, with threatening eye 
Look hard at all approaching nigh : 
The monks have charge of brittle ware, 
The friar bids you have a care ; 
That they alone the fruit may eat 
That fills religion's last retreat : 
The mother abbess looks as sour'd 
As if you had the fruit devour'd, 
And bids the stranger haste away, — 
Not rich enough for fruit to pay. 

How much unlike, our western fair. 
Who breathe the sweets of freedom's air ; 
Go where they please, do what they will. 
Themselves are their own guardians still : — 
Then come, and on our distant shore 
Some blooming rural nymph adore ; 
And do not make the day remote. 
For time advances, quick as thought. 
When thus some grave rebuke will say 
When you approach the maiden gay : 
' You should have courted in your prime, 
' Our Anastasia's, at that time 
' When blood ran quick, and Hymen said, 
' Colin! my laws must be obey'd.' 

Your card to slight, I'm much distrest. 
Your card has robb'd me of my rest : 



1797] ON SENIORA JULIA 265 

Should I attempt the nuns to accost 
The priests might growl, and all be lost : 
My cash might fail me when to pay ; 
No chance, perhaps, to run away ; — 
So, I decline the needless task 
Return to Charleston, with the cask 
Of wine, you send from Teneriffe, 
To glad some hearts, and dry up grief : 

I add, some dangerous neighbors here 
May disappoint my hopes I fear ; 
The breakers near the vessel roll ; 
The lee-ward shore, the rocky shoal ! 
The whitening seas that constant lave 
The craggy strand of Oratave ; 
The expected gale, the adjacent rock 
Each moment threatens all our stock. 
And Neptune, in his giant cup 
Stands lurking near, to gulp it up. 
But here's a health to Neptune's sons 
Who man the yard — nor dream of nuns. 



ON SENIORA JULIA 

Leaving a Dance, under Pretence of Drowsiness '■ 

She, at the soul enlivening, ball, 
And in the lamp illumined hall 

But small amusement found ; 
She shunn'd the cards' bewitching play, 
She shunn'd the noisy and the gay, 

Nor cared for music's sound. 

No nymph discover'd so much spleen, 
Was so reserved as Julia, seen 

'From the edition of 1815. 



266 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

On that enchanting night : 
And yet she had her part to say 
When young Almagro shared the play, 

Then cards were her delight. 

But he retired, amid the dance ; 

He heard, he said, of news from France, 

And of a serious cast : 
He wish'd to know beyond all doubt. 
What Bonaparte was now about, 

How long his sway would last. 

Then, Julia made a good retreat. 
But left the assembly incomplete ; 

She was with sleep oppress'd. — 
Who shall the midnight dance prolong 
Who lead the minuet, raise the song 

Where Julia is no guest? 

Yet, love declared her judgment right. 
And whisper'd, when she bade good night 

And feign' d an aching head, 
' ' While some retreat and some advance, 
Let them enjoy the festive dance. 

You, Julia, go to bed." 



LINES ON SENIORA JULIA 

of Port Oratave* 

Adorn'd with every charm that beauty gives. 
That nature lends, or female kind receives, 
Good sense and virtue on each feature shine ; 
She is — she is not — yes, she is divine. 
She speaks, she moves with all attracting grace, 
And smiles display the angel on the face ; 

'From the edition of 181 5. 



1797] LINES ON SENIORA JULIA 267 

Her aspect all, what female would not share? 
What youth but worship, with a mind so fair? 

In this famed isle, the cloud-capp'd Teneriffe, 
Where health abounds and languor finds relief ; 
In this bright isle, where Julia treads the plain. 
What rapture fires the bosom of the swain ! 
At her approach, the breast untaught to glow. 
Like the vast peak, retains eternal snow. 
Feels not the first, best ardors of the mind ; 
Respect and awe, to love and friendship join'd. 

When to Laguna's * heights she deigns to stray, 
To myrtle bowers, and gardens ever gay. 
Where spring eternal on the fragrant grove 
Breathes the bright scenes of harmony and love ; 
All eyes, attracted, by her graceful mein 
View her, the unrivall'd favorite of the green. 
And when, too soon, she would the garden leave. 
See Paradise forsaken by its Eve. 

Return bright nymph, attractive as admired, 
And be what Plato from your sex required ; 
Mild as your clime, that rarely knows a storm. 
The angelic nature in a female form. 
Canary's f towns their splendid halls prepare, 
But all is dark, when Julia is not there. 
Not Oratava, on the sea-beat shore, 
In her gay circles finds one Julia more, 
Not high Lavelia ^ boasts so sweet a face ; 
Not Garrachica could yourself replace ; 
Not old Laguna can supply your loss. 
Nor yet the city of the holy-cross. § 

* An ancient town once the capital. Four miles from the sea. — Freneau^ s 
note. 

f Canary, a large island south eastward of Teneriffe. — Ibid. 

X An old city in the mountains. — Ibid. 

§ Santa Cruz, the Capital ; on the southeast quarter of the island. — Ibid. 



268 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Where love and passion, from the world conceal'd : 
Devotion's winter has to frost congeal'd ; 
Yet beauty, there, adorns the brilliant dome. 
Invites her loves, and bids her votaries come ; 
Fair Santa-Cruz her beauty, too, commands, 
And, was but Julia there, unrivall'd stands. 

Flush'd with the blessings of the generous vine, 
The island bards, to honor you, combine ; 
The stranger guest, all tongues, when you appear. 
Confess you, lovely, charming, all things dear ; 
Among the rest, accept my homely lay: 
The last respect I can to Julia pay : 
A different subject soon my verse awaits, 
Contending powers, or disunited states ; 
Yet shall remembrance renovate the past. 
And, when you die, your name unfading last : 
Though mists obscure, or oceans round me swell. 
To the deep seas I go, the world to tell 
That Julia, foremost, does this isle engage. 
And moves the first, bright Venus of my page. 



ON A RURAL NYMPH 

Descending from one of the Madeira mountains, with a bundle of fuel 
wood, on her head ^ 

Six miles, and more, with nimble foot 
She came from some sequestered spot, 
A handsome, swarthy, rustic maid 
With furze and fern, upon her head : 
The burthen hid a bonnet blue. 
The only hat, perhaps, she knew, 
No slippers on her feet were seen ; 
Yet every step display'd a mein 

From the edition of 1815. 



1797] ON A RURAL NYMPH 269 

As if she might in courts appear, 
Though placed by wayward fortune here. 

An english man, who saw her, said, 
'/our burthen is too heavy laid. 
Dear girl your lot is rather hard. 
And, after all, a poor reward : 
This is not labor suiting you. 
Come with me home to England go. 
And you shall have a coach and four, 
A silken gown — and something more. 

' Disturb me not (the girl replied) 
' I choose to walk — let others ride: 
' I would not leave yond' rugged hill 
' To have your London at my will — 
' You are too great for such as I : — ' 
When thus the briton made reply : 

' Had I but thirty years to spare, 
' And you precisely what you are, 
' Had seen you thirty years ago 
' In style of living, high or low, 
' You should have been a lady gay, 
' And dizzen'd out as fine as May : 
' Why stay you here, to face the sun, 
' And drudging till the day is done, 
' While little to the purse it brings 
' But little store of little things? ' 

She said, ' before the sun was up 
' I finish'd with my chocolate cup : 
' A hank of yarn I fairly spun, 
' And, when the hank of yarn was done, 
' To have a fire, and cook our mess 
' I travell'd yonder wilderness ; 



270 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

' I climb'd a mountain very tall, 

' Unwearied, and without a fall, 

' And gather'd up this little pack 

' Which now you see me carrying back ; — 

' Your northern girls at this might laugh, 

' But such a jaunt would kill them half — 

' Disturb me not, I must go on ; 

' Ten minutes, while I talk, are gone.' — 

If she grew rich by hanks of yarn. 
Is more than we shall ever learn ; 
If thrive she did by climbing hills. 
No history or tradition tells ; 
But this we know, and this we say, 
That where a despot holds the sway, 
To pay the tax of king and queen 
The common herd are poor and mean. 
The slaves of lords the slaves of priests. 
And nearly saddled, like the beasts. — 
Where liberty erects her reign 
Dulcina would have had her swain. 
With horse and cow — which she had not, 
Nor ever to possess them thought : 
She would have had, to save her feet, 
A pair of shoes and suit complete. 
A decent dress, and not of rags, 
A state above the rank of hags ; 
A language if not over fine, 
At least above the beggar's whine. 
Yet such attend on fortune's frowns. 
And such support the pride of crowns. 



1797] ON GENERAL MIRANDA'S EXPEDITION 2/1 



ON GENERAL MIRANDA'S EXPEDITION 

Towards the Caraccas, Spanish Provinces in South America, 
February — 1805' 

To execute a vast design, 

The soul, Miranda, was not thine : 

With you the fates did not combine 

To make an empire free. 
We saw you spread Leander's sail. 
We saw the adverse winds prevail, 
Sad omen that the cause would fail 

That led you to the sea. 

By feeble winds the sail was fill'd 

By feebler hands the helm was held — 

We saw you from the port repell'd * 

You might have made your own. 
We saw you leave a manly crew 
To the base Spaniard, to imbrue 
His hands in blood — and not a few 

Were on his mercy thrown : 

In dungeons vile they pass'd the day. 
Far from their country, far away 
From pitying friends, from liberty ! 

That years could scarce retrieve ! 
Twas thus Miranda play'd his game ; 
But who with him should share the blame? 
Perhaps if we the men did name. 

Credulity would not believe ! 

' From the edition of 1815. Miranda was a Spanish-American revolutionist, 
who devoted his life to the emancipation of Venezuela from Spanish rule. His 
first expedition was a failure. 

* Porto Cavallo, or Cabello, a seaport town of Terra Firma, in South Amer- 
ica, on the coast of the Caraccas, and the Caribbean Sea ; said to have been the 
first object of Miranda's expedition. — Freneau's note. 



272 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 



ON THE ABUSE OF HUMAN POWER 

As exercised over opinion ^ 

What human power shall dare to bind 
The mere opinions of the mind? 
Must man at that tribunal bow 
Which will no range to thought allow, 
But his best powers would sway or sink, 
And idly tells him what to Think? 

Yes ! there are such, and such are taught 
To fetter every power of thought ; 
To chain the mind, or bend it down 
To some mean system of their own, 
And make religion's sacred cause 
Amenable to human laws. 

Has human power the simplest claim 
Our hearts to sway, our thoughts to tame ; 
Shall she the rights of heaven assert, 
Can she to falsehood truth convert, 
Or truth again to falsehood turn. 
And at the test of reason spurn ? 

All human sense, all craft must fail 
And all its strength will nought avail. 
When it attempts with efforts blind 
To sway the independent mind, 
Its spring to break, its pride to awe. 
Or give to private judgment, law. 

Oh impotent ! and vile as vain, 
They, who would native thought restrain ! 
As soon might they arrest the storm 
Or take from fire the power to warm, 

I From the edition of 1815. 



1797] OCTOBER'S ADDRESS 273 

As man compel, by dint of might, 
Old darkness to prefer to light. 

No ! leave the mind unchain'd and free, 

And what they ought, mankind will be. 

No hypocrite, no lurking fiend, 

No artist to some evil end. 

But good and great, benign and just. 

As God and nature made them first. 



OCTOBER'S ADDRESS' 

October came the thirtieth day : 
And thus I heard October say ; 

"The lengthening nights and shortening days 

Have brought the year towards a close. 
The oak a leafless bough displays 
And all is hastening to repose ; 

To make the most of what remains 
Is now to take the greater pains. 

' ' An orange hue the grove assumes. 

The indian-summer-days appear ; 
When that deceitful summer comes 
Be sure to hail the winter near : 
If autumn wears a mourning coat 
Be sure, to keep the mind afloat. 

' ' The flowers have dropt, their blooms are gone. 

The herbage is no longer green ; 
The birds are to their haunts withdrawn. 
The leaves are scatter'd through the plain ; 
The sun approaches Capricorn, 
And man and creature looks forlorn. 

1 From the edition of 1815. 
18 



274 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

"Amidst a scene of such a cast, 

The driving sleet, or falling snow, 
The sullen cloud, the northern blast, 
What have you left for comfort now, 
When all is dead, or seems to die 
That cheer'd the heart or charm'd the eye? 

" To meet the scene, and it arrives, 

(A scene that will in time retire) 
Enjoy the pine — while that remains 
You need not want the winter fire. 

It rose unask'd for, from the plain, 
' And when consumed, will rise again. 

" Enjoy the glass, enjoy the board, 
Nor discontent with fate betray. 
Enjoy what reason will afford. 
Nor disregard what females say ; 
Their chat will pass away the time. 
When out of cash or out of rhyme. 

' ' The cottage warm and cheerful heart 

Will cheat the stormy winter night. 
Will bid the glooms of care depart 
And to December give delight." — 
Thus spoke October — rather gay, 
Then seized his staff, and walk'd away. 



1797] TO A CATY-DID 2/5 



TO A CATY-DID*! 

In a branch of willow hid 
Sings the evening Caty-did : 
From the lofty locust bough 
Feeding on a drop of dew, 
In her suit of green array'd 
Hear her singing in the shade 

Caty-did, Caty-did, Caty-did! 

While upon a leaf you tread, 
Or repose your little head. 
On your sheet of shadows laid. 
All the day you nothing said : 
Half the night your cheery tongue 
Revell'd out its little song. 

Nothing else but Caty-did. 

From your lodgings on the leaf 
Did you utter joy or grief — ? 
Did you only mean to say, 
I have had my summer's day. 
And am passing, soon, away 
To the grave of Caty-did : — 

Poor, unhappy Caty-did ! 

But you would have utter'd more 
Had you known of nature's power — 
From the world when you retreat. 
And a leaf's your winding sheet. 
Long before your spirit fled. 
Who can tell but nature said, 

* A well-known insect, when full grown, about two inches in length, and of 
the exact color of a green leaf. It is of the genus cicada, or grasshopper kind, 
inhabiting the green foliage of trees and singing such a song as Caty-did in the 
evening, towards autumn. — Freneau's note. 

' From the edition of 1815. 



276 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Live again, my Caty-did ! 
Live, and chatter Caty-did. 

Tell me, what did Caty do? 
Did she mean to trouble you ? — 
Why was Caty not forbid 
To trouble little Caty-did? — 
Wrong, indeed at you to fling, 
Hurting no one while you sing 

Caty-did! Caty-did! Caty-did! 

Why continue to complain? 
Caty tells me, she again 
Will not give you plague or pain : — 
Caty says you may be hid 
Caty will not go to bed 
While you sing us Caty-did. 

Caty-did! Caty-did! Caty-did! 

But, while singing, you forgot 
To tell us what did Caty not : 
Caty-did not think of cold. 
Flocks retiring to the fold. 
Winter, with his wrinkles old. 
Winter, that yourself foretold 

When you gave us Caty-did. 

Stay securely in your nest ; 
Caty now, will do her best, 
All she can, to make you blest ; 
But, you want no human aid — 
Nature, when she form'd you, said, 
" Independent you are made, 
My dear little Caty-did : 
Soon yourself must disappear 
With the verdure of the year," — 
And to go, we know not where. 

With your song of Caty-did. 



1797] ON PASSING BY AN OLD CHURCHYARD 277 



ON PASSING BY AN OLD CHURCHYARD ' 

Pensive, on this green turf I cast my eye, ' 
And almost feel inclined to muse and sigh : 
Such tokens of mortality so nigh. 

But hold, — who knows if these who soundly sleep, 
Would not, alive, have made some orphan weep. 
Or. plunged some slumbering victim in the deep. 

There may be here, who once were virtue's foes, 
A curse through life, the cause of many woes. 
Who wrong'd the widow, and disturb'd repose. 

There may be here, who with malicious aim 
Did all they could to wound another's fame, 
Steal character, and filch away good name. 

Perhaps yond' solitary turf invests 

Some who, when living, were the social pests, 

Patrons of ribands, titles, crowns and crests. 

Can we on such a kindred tear bestow? 
They, who, in life, were every just man's foe, 
A plague to all about them ! — oh, no, no. 

What though sepultured with the funeral whine ; 
Why, sorrowing on such tombs should we recline, 
Where truth, perhaps, has hardly penn'd a line. 

— Yet, what if here some honest man is laid 
Whom nature of her best materials made. 
Who all respect to sacred honor paid. 

Gentle, humane, benevolent, and just, 
(Though now forgot and mingled with the dust. 
There may be such, and such there are we trust.) 

1 From the edition of 1815. 



2/8 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

Yes — for the sake of that one honest man 

We would on knaves themselves bestow a tear, 

Think nature form'd them on some crooked plan, 
And say, peace rest on all that slumber here. 



STANZAS OCCASIONED BY A MELANCHOLY 

SURVEY OF AN OLD ENGLISH TOBACCO BOX INSCRIBED 1708 1 
Written in a dearth of tobacco, by Hezekiah Salem. 

Had I but what this box contained 

Since good Queen Anne in Britain reigned. 

My happiness would be increased 

To more, perhaps, than she possessed. 

This box, in many a pocket worn 
(And to be used by some unborn) 
Has been unfilled a week or more. 
And curses the tobacco store. 

Which, now has had its turn to fail ; 
The door shut up, the man in jail 
Who late behind the counter stood 
And vended what was pretty good. 

(" And are you here? — the turnkey said, 
" I rather would have seen you dead!" — 
— Yes ! I am here — the man replied — 
And better so than to have died ! ) 

This box again, in spite of that. 
Shall be repackt with — I know what — 
Again I'll fill its empty chest 
With old Virginia's very best. 

The fragrance of that mild perfume 
Again shall cheer the reading room, 
Again delight your men of wit 
Who have the taste to relish it. 

' From the edition of 1S09. 



1797] STANZAS ON AN OLD ENGLISH TOBACCO BOX 2/9 

This box I deem a small estate 
Where all my prospects are complete, 
Whose oval round, and clasp, confines 
The riches of Potosi's mines. 

My best ideas here are sown, 
(And best expressed when most alone) 
Here, every muse can find a place 
Yet take no atom of its space. 

Tobacco ! what to thee we owe. 
Is what alone true smokers know : 
To thee they owe the lively thought, 
And joys without repentance bought. 

To thee they owe the moral song, 
The night that never seems too long, 
The pleasant dream, refreshing sleep. 
And sense that all should strive to keep. 

It cures the pride of self-debate. 
And pensive care, and deadly hate ; 
And love itself would nearer bring. 
Did females love this coaxing thing. — 

But they, the slaves of custom's rule. 
Are ever to the smoker cool, 
And hate the plant, whose gentle sway 
Bids us their noisy tongues obey. 

The happy days I would recall 
When Jane to me was all in all ! 
The firm we to the town did show 
Was, Salem, Jane, Segar, and Co. 

The sanded box was near us placed 
Which held the dregs we chose to waste ; 
Thus pleased to pass the winter's eve, 
And thus the lingering hours deceive. 



280 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

No wrangling was permitted there — 
'Twas friendship all, and love sincere ; 
And they received affronts enough 
Who entered with the Cloven Hoof. 

The social whiff went cheerly on ! — 
But Jane is to that people gone 
Where dear tobacco ! — strong and sound — 
Is not upon their invoice found ! — 

It sheds a magic on my pen 
To deaden all despotic men, 
A charm that can the soul command. 
Nor kings, nor courtiers shall withstand : 

Such, vested with imperial sway. 
O'er bodies reign, dull, stupid, blind ; 
But us the nobler powers obey. 
We reign, despotic, o'er the mind ! 

It aids us in the tuneful art 
To catch the ear, or move the heart ; 
An hour with Nancy can beguile. 
But meets not her approving smile. 

Of northern pine her floors were made, 
A carpet on the boards was spread ; 
And who shall dare this floor prophane. 
Which Nancy keeps without a stain ? 

The watchful demon in her eye 
The smallest speck can there espy ; 
And he shall curse his natal hour 
Who spits upon this velvet floor : 

I saw her anger waxing hot, 
I heard her threaten. Do it not. 
Or, instant, quit these doors of mine. 
And be converted into swine. — 



1797] ON THE DEATH OF A MASTER BUILDER 28 1 

This powerful plant, if fortune frown, 
Can make the bitter draught go down ; 
It keeps me warm in Greenland's frost. 
And gives me more than all I lost. 

The joys of wine, without its bane. 
That kindles frenzy in the brain ; 
All these are here — and more than these 
In this tobacco box I'll squeeze. 

It holds a part of all I prize 
Within this world that bounded lies ; 
And when the ashes only shows. 
The spirit into aether goes. 

Dismissed to that Serene Abode, 
Where no tobacco is allowed ! 



The comfort is, that free from care, 
We neither wish, nor want it There. 



ON THE DEATH OF A MASTER BUILDER 

Or Free Mason of High Rank ' 

(Written by Request.) 

Assembled this day on occasion of grief. 
We mourn the occasion, the loss of our chief ; 
A Mason, our master, that built up a pile 
By the compass and square in the masonic style. 

At the word of the Builder, who built All at first. 
Turned chaos to order, and darkness dispersed. 
Our architect leaves us, that mason so skilled. 
The fabric of virtue and freedom to build. 

As far as this nature, called human, can go, 
A pattern he was of perfection below ; 

^From the edition of 1809. 



282 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

By the line and the plummet he built up a wall, 
As firm as old time, and, we trust, not to fall. 

By science enlightened, a friend to mankind. 
He came, for the purpose exactly designed ; 
Like the Baptist of old, in the annals of fate, 
Precursor of all that is noble and great. 

He thought it an honour the trowel to hold, 
And to be with the craft, as a brother enrolled : 
To the practice of virtue he knew they were bound 
Wherever a lodge or a mason is found. 

Designed as he was, to excel and transcend. 

Yet he courted the titles of brother and friend, 

And these in the fabric of masons are more 

Than monarchs can give, — and which tyrants abhor. 

With a patron like this, we are proud to prepare 
The stone and the mortar, our building to rear. 
And copy, from Him, who can make it endure. 
Who raised the first building, and keeps all secure. 

In such a grand master all masons were blessed ; 
The world and all masons his merits confessed ; 
But now he is gone in new orbits to move 
And join the first builder of all things above. 



ON THE DEATH OF A MASONIC GRAND 
SACHEM' 

This day we unite 

And all Brethren invite 

To honour a man of our nation ; 

Who, honest as brave, 

Is gone to his grave 

And takes an unchangeable station. 

iFrom the edition of 1809. 



1797] ON THE DEATH OF A MASONIC GRAND SACHEM 283 

In our subject we view 

(To Liberty true) 

The officer firm in all danger ; 

Who stood to his post 

At the head of a host 

His country to save, and avenge her. 

By compass and square 

This artisan rare 

Defeated all foreign invasion, 

Then returned to his farm 

When no longer alarm 

Distracted the mind of the nation. 

In all that he did. 

In all that he said 

The bliss of mankind was intended ; — 

He rose for their good. 

To support them he stood. 

And Liberty ever defended. 

The foundation he laid. 

And the fabric he made 

No mason but he could pretend to ; 

It will stand, we foresee, 

'Till that era shall be 

When the globe of the world there's an end to. 

So, fame to the man 

Who the building began. 

Whose model all nations will take 

when kingdoms are fled. 

Standing armies are dead. 

And monarchs — no longer awake. 



284 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1790 

ON A HONEY BEE 

Drinking from a Glass of Wine and Drowned Therein ' 

(By Hezekiah Salem.) 

Thou, born to sip the lake or spring, 
Or quaff the waters of the stream. 
Why hither come on vagrant wing? — 
Does Bacchus tempting seem — 
Did he, for you, this glass prepare? — 
Will I admit you to a share ? 

Did storms harass or foes perplex. 

Did wasps or king-birds bring dismay — 

Did wars distress, or labours vex. 

Or did you miss your way ? — 

A better seat you could not take 

Than on the margin of this lake. 

Welcome ! — I hail you to my glass : 
All welcome, here, you find ; 
Here, let the cloud of trouble pass. 
Here, be all care resigned. — 
This fluid never fails to please. 
And drown the griefs of men or bees. 

What forced you here, we cannot know. 

And you will scarcely tell — 

But cheery we would have you go 

And bid a glad farewell : 

On lighter wings we bid you fly, 

Your dart will now all foes defy. 

Yet take not, oh ! too deep a drink. 

And in this ocean die ; 

Here bigger bees than you might sink, 

1 From the edition of 1809. 



1790] ON THE FALL OF AN ANCIENT OAK TREE 285 

Even bees full six feet high. 

Like Pharoah, then, you would be said 

To perish in a sea of red. 

Do as you please, your will is mine ; 

Enjoy it without fear — 

And your grave will be this glass of wine. 

Your epitaph — a tear — 

Go, take your seat in Charon's boat, 

We*ll tell the hive, you died afloat. 



ON THE FALL OF AN ANCIENT OAK TREE^ 

While onward moves each circling year 

Thy mandates. Nature, all obey. 

As with this moving, changeful sphere 

The seasons change and never stay ; 

Old Oak, I to your place return. 

Where late you stood, and viewing mourn, 

For the great loss my heart sustained 
When you declined, long will I sigh. 
That hour when you no more remained 
To cheer the summer, passing by ; 
No longer blessed my eager view, 
But like some dying friend withdrew. 

Though frequent, by that nipping frost. 
The blast which cold November sends, 
I saw your leafy honours lost ; 
Hope, for such losses, made amends : 
The spring again beheld them grow. 
And we were pleased, and so was you. 

Since I your fatal fall survive. 
Remembrance long shall hold you dear, 

' From the edition of 1809. 



286 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1797 

And bid some young successor live ; 
By sad Amyntor planted here ; 
Its buds to swell, its leaves to spread, 
And shade the place when he is dead. 

A prince among your towering race. 
What more your vanished form endears 
Is that your presence in this place 
Had been at least one hundred years ; 
And men that long in dust have laid, 
When boys, beneath your shadow played. 

You had your time to feel the sun. 
To wanton in his cheering ray ; — 
That time is past, your race is run. 
And we have nothing more to say, 
Than, may your oaken spirit go 
Among Elysian oaks below. 



STANZAS ON THE DECEASE OF 
THOMAS PAINE 

Who died at New- York, on the 8th of June, 1809^ 

Princes and kings decay and die 

And, instant, rise again : 
But this is not the case, trust me. 

With men like Thomas Paine. 

In vain the democratic host 

His equal would attain : 
For years to come they will not boast 

A second Thomas Paine. 

Though many may his name assume ; 

Assumption is in vain ; 
For every man has not his plume — 

Whose name is Thomas Paine. 

1 From the edition of 1815. 



1790] STANZAS ON THE DECEASE OF THOMAS PAINE 287 

Though heaven bestow'd on all its sons 

Their proper share of brain, 
It gives to few, ye simple ones. 

The mind of Thomas Paine. 

To tyrants and the tyrant crew. 

Indeed, he was the bane ; 
He writ, and gave them all their due, 

And signed it, — Thomas Paine. 

Oh ! how we loved to see him write 

And curb the race of Cain ! 
They hope and wish that Thomas P 

May never rise again. 

What idle hopes ! — yes — such a man 

May yet appear again. — 
When they are dead, they die for aye : 

— Not so with Thomas Paine. 



PART VI 

THE WAR OF 1812 

1809-18 15 



19 289 



THE WAR OF 1812 
1809-1815 

ON THE SYMPTOMS OF HOSTILITIES.' 

1809 

But will they once more be engaged in a war, 

Be fated to discord again ? 
A peace to the nations will nothing restore 
But the challenge of death and a deluge of gore ! 

A modern crusade 

Is undoubtedly made : — 
With treaties rejected, and treaties renew'd, 
A permanent treaty they never conclude. 

And who is to blame ? we submissively ask — 
Did nature predestine this curse to mankind ; 

Or is it the cruel detestable task 
That tyrants impose, with their minions combined? 

We are anxious to know 

The source of our wo 
In a world where the blessings of nature abound 
Why discord, the bane of her blessings, is found. 

Must our freedom, our labors, our commerce, our all 

Be tamely surrender'd, to tyrants convey'd ; 
Must the flag of the country disgracefully fall, 
To be torn by the dogs of the slaughtering trade? 
Does no one reply. 
With a tear in his eye, 
It must be the case, if we do not resent 
What monarchs have menaced and tyranny meant. 

' The poems in this section are all from the edition of 1815. 

291 



292 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Not a ship, or a barque, that departs from the shore 

But her cargo is plunder'd, her sailors are slain, 
Or arriving in England, we see them no more, 
Condemn'd in the court of deceit and chicane, 
Where their wicked decrees 
And their costs and their fees 
Have ruin'd the merchant — mechanics half fed, 
And sailors uncaptured are begging their bread. 

To reason with tyrants is surely absurd ; 

To argue with them is to preach to the deaf : 
They argue alone by the length of the sword ; 
Their honor the same as the word of a thief. 
In such to confide 
When a cause they decide, 
Is the wolf and the lamb (if the tale we recall) 
Where the weakest and meekest must go to the wall. 

But an englishman's throat is expanded so wide 

Not the ocean itself is a mess for his maw : 
And missions there are, and a scoundrel employ'd 
To divide, and to rule by the florentine law*: 
New-England must join 
In the knavish design, 
As some have predicted to those who believe 'em ; 
— The event is at hand — may the devil deceive 'em. 

With an empire at sea and an empire on land. 
And the system projected, monopolization. 
The western republic no longer will stand 

Than answers the views of a desperate nation. 
Who have shackled the east. 
Made the native a beast. 
And are scheming to give us — the matter is clear — 
A man of their own for the president's chair, 

* Nicholas Machiavel's maxim, divide et impera ; divide and govern. He 
was a native of Florence, in Italy. — Freneau's note. 



l8l5] LINES ADDRESSED TO MR. JEFFERSON 293 

Then arouse from your slumbers, ye men of the west, 

Already the Indian his hatchet displays ; 
Ohio's frontier, and Kentucky distrest ; 

The village, and cottage, are both in a blaze : — 
Then indian and english 
No longer distinguish, 
They bribe, and are bribed, for a warfare accurst ; 
Of the two, we can hardly describe which is worst. 

In the court of king Hog was a council convened, 

In which they agreed we are growing too strong : 
They snuffled and grunted, and loudly complained 
The sceptre would fall, if they suffer'd it long ; 
To cut up our trade 
Was an object, they said, 
The nearest and dearest of all in their view ; 
Not a fish should be caught if old England said, No! 

Then arouse from your slumbers, ye men of the west, 

A war is approaching, there's room to suppose ; 
The rust on your guns we abhor and detest. 
So brighten them up — we are coming to blows 
With the queen of the ocean 
The prop of devotion. 
The bulwark of all that is truly divine ; 
A motto she often has put on her sign. 



LINES ADDRESSED TO MR. JEFFERSON, 

On his retirement from the Presidency of the United States. — 1809. 
Praesenti tibi matures largimur honores — Hor. 
To you, great sir, our heartfelt praise we give. 
And your ripe honors yield you — while you live. 

At length the year, which marks his course, expires. 
And Jefferson from public life retires ; 
That year, the close of years, which own his claim, 
And give him all his honors, all his fame. 



294 POEMS OF PHILIP P'RENEAU [1809 

Far, in the heaven of fame I see him fly, 
Safe in the realms of immortality : 
On Equal Worth his honor'd mantle falls, 
Him, whom Columbia her true patriot calls ; 
Him, whom we saw her codes of freedom plan. 
To none inferior in the ranks of man. 

When to the helm of state your country call'd 
No danger awed you and no fear appall'd ; 
Each bosom, faithful to its country's claim, 
Hail'd Jefferson, that long applauded name ; 
All, then, was dark, and wrongs on wrongs accrued 
Our treasures wasted, and our strength subdued ; 
What seven long years of war and blood had gain'd, 
Was lost, abandon'd, squander'd, or restrain'd : 
Britania's tools had schemed their easier way, 
To conquer, ruin, pillage, or betray ; 
Domestic traitors, with exotic, join'd. 
To shackle this last refuge of mankind ; 
Wars were provoked, and France was made our foe. 
That George's race might govern all below. 
O'er this wide world, uncheck'd, unbounded, reign. 
Seize every clime, and subjugate the main. 

All this was seen — and rising in your might. 
By genius aided, you reclaim'd our right, 
That Right, which conquest, arms, and valor gave 
To this young nation — not to live a slave. 

And what but toil has your long service seen ? 
Dark tempests gathering over a sky serene — 
For wearied years no mines of wealth can pay. 
No fame, nor all the plaudits of that day. 
Which now returns you to your rural shade. 
The sage's heaven, for contemplation made, 
Who, like the Roman, in their country's cause 
Exert their valor, or enforce its laws, 



i8i5] LINES ADDRESSED TO MR. JEFFERSON 295 

And late retiring, every wrong redress'd, 
Give their last days to solitude and rest. 

This great reward a generous nation yields — 
Regret attends you to your native fields ; 
Their grateful thanks for every service done, 
And hope, your thorny race of care is run. 

From your sage counsels what effects arise ! 
The vengeful briton from our waters flies ; 
His thundering ships no more our coasts assail, 
But seize the advantage of the western gale. 
Though bold and bloody, warlike, proud, and fierce, 
They shun your vengeance for a Murdered Pearce, 
And starved, dejected, on some meagre shore, 
Sigh for the country they shall rule no more. 

Long in the councils of your native land, 
We saw you cool, unchanged, intrepid, stand : 
When the firm Congress, still too firm to yield, 
Stay'd masters of the long contested field, 
Your wisdom aided, what their counsels framed — 
By you the murdering savages were tamed — 
That Independence we had sworn to gain, 
By you asserted (nor Declared in vain) 
We seized, triumphant, from a tyrant's throne. 
And Britain totter'd when the work was done. 

You, when an angry faction vex'd the age. 
Rose to your place at once, and check'd their rage ; 
The envenom'd shafts of malice you defied. 
And turn'd all projects of revolt aside : — 
We saw you libell'd by the worst of men, 
While hell's red lamp hung quivering o'er his pen. 
And fiends congenial every effort try 
To blast that merit which shall never die — 

These had their hour, and traitors wing'd their flight, 
To aid the screechings of distracted night. 



296 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Vain were their hopes — the poison'd darts of hell, 
Glanced from your flinty shield, and harmless fell. 

All this you bore — beyond it all you rose, 
Nor ask'd despotic laws to crush your foes. 
Mild was your language, temperate though severe ; 
And not less potent than Ithuriel's spear 
To touch the infernals in their loathsome guise, 
Confound their slanders and detect their lies. 

All this you braved — and, now, what task remains. 
But silent walks on solitary plains : 
To bid the vast luxuriant harvest grow. 
The slave be happy and secured from wo — 
To illume the statesmen of the times to come 
With the bold spirit of primeval Rome ; 
To taste the joys your long tried service brings. 
And look, with pity, on the cares of kings : — 
Whether, with Newton, you the heavens explore. 
And trace through nature the creating power. 
Or, if with mortals you reform the age, 
(Alike, in all, the patriot and the sage) 
May peace and soft repose, attend you, still. 
In the lone vale, or on the cloud-capp'd hill. 
While smiling plenty decks the abundant plain, 
And hails Astrea to the world again. 



ON THE PROSPECT OF WAR, 

AND AMERICAN WRONGS. 

Americans ! rouse at the rumors of war. 

Which now are distracting the hearts of the nation, 

A flame blowing up, to extinguish your power 
And leave you, a prey, to another invasion ; 

A second invasion, as bad as the old. 

When, northward or southward, wherever they stroll'd 



l8l5] ON THE PROSPECT OF WAR 297 

With heart and with hand, a murdering band 

Of vagrants, came over to ravage your land : 
For liberty's guard, you are ever array'd 
And know how to fight, in the sun or the shade. 

Remember the cause that induced you to rise 

When oppression advanced, with her king-making host, 
Twas the cause of our nation that bade you despise 

And drive to destruction all England's proud host. 
Who, with musket and sword, under men they adored, 
Rush'd into each village and rifled each shade 
To murder the planter, and ravish the maid. 

What though you arose, and resolved to be free. 
With spirit to humble all Europe combining, 

You had soon bit the dust or been drown'd in the sea 
By the slaves of a king, and a court all designing. 

Had not liberty swore she would cover your shore, 
Her colors display'd, and with vengeance repaid 

The myriads that came from a blood-thirsty isle 

Our groves, and our streams, and our beds to defile. 

Our churches defaced, by a merciless foe, 

Or made the poor captive's distress'd habitation : 

The prison-ship, fraught with its cargo of wo. 

Where thousands were starved, without shame or com- 
passion ; 

All these, and yet more, were the evils we bore 
From a motherly dame. Great Britain her name. 

From a nation, that once we accounted our friends, 

Who would shackle the country, that freedom defends. 

All true-born americans ! join, as of old ; 

For freedom's defence, be your firm resolution ; 
Whoever invades you by force, or with gold, 

Alike is a foe to a free constitution : 



298 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Unite to pull down that imposture, a crown ; 
Oppose it at least, tis a mark of the beast : 
All tyranny's engines again are at work 
To make you as poor and as base as the turk. 

Abandon'd to all the intrigues of a knave, 

Abounding with sharpers of every description. 

They would plunder our towns, and prohibit the wave ; 
Their treaties of commerce are all a deception : 

Not a ship do we send but they rob without end ; 

With their law of blockade they have ruin'd our trade ; 

The shops of mechanics at midnight they burn 

That home manufactures may cease to be worn. 

Look round the wide world ; and observe with a sigh, 
Wherever a monarch presides o'er a nation, 

Sweet nature appears with a tear in her eye, 

And the mantle of sorrow enshrouds the creation. 

The ocean is chain'd, all freedom restrain'd, 
The soil is resign'd t-o the pests of mankind. 

To royals and nobles, the guard of the throne. 

And the slaves they have bribed, to niake freedom their 
own. 

All hail to the nation, immortal and great, 
Who, rising on bold philosophical pinion. 

Reforms, and enlightens, and strengthens the state, 
Not places her weal in excess of dominion. 

What reason can do she intends to pursue ; 
And true to the plan, on which she began. 

Will the volume unfold she to freedom assign'd. 

Till tyrants are chased from the sight of mankind. 

Since the day we declared, they were masters no more, 
The day we arose from the colony station. 

Has England attack'd us, by sea and by shore. 
In war by the sword, as in peace by vexation ; 



i8i5] ON THE PROSPECT OF WAR 299 

Impressment they claim'd, till our seamen, ashamed, 

Grew sick of our flag, that against the old hag 
Of Britain, no longer their freedom protected 
But left them, like slaves, to be lash'd and corrected. 

Old Rome, that in darkness so long had been lost, 

Since on her republic bright freedom was shining : 
The warmth of her spirit congeal'd in a frost. 

Under tyrants and popes, many centuries, pining : 
At the close of the page, who can bridle his rage 
To see her return to the fetters she broke, 
When tyranny sicken'd, and liberty spoke : 
What an image of clay have they thrown in her way ! 
The king and the priest on her carcass will feast ; 

When these are allied, the world they divide ; 
The nations they plunder, the nations they killl. 
And bend all the force of the mind to their will : 
Not the spirit to rise, or the strength to command. 
But friars and monks — and the scum of the land. — 
No more of your Nero's or Caesars complain, 
Leave Brutus and Cato, and take them again. 

But reason, that sun, whose unquenchable ray 

Progressive, has dawn'd on the night of the mind, 
From the source of all good, may hereafter display, 
And man a more dignified character find : 
As far as example and vigor can go. 
As long as forbearance and patience will do. 
The western republic will carry it through — : 
May order and peace through the nations increase, 
And murder, and plunder, and tyranny cease : 
May justice and honor through empires prevail 
And all the bad passions weigh light in the scale, 
Till man is the being that nature at first 
Placed here, to be happy, and not to be cursed. 



300 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Approaching, at hand, in the progress of time, 

An era will come, to begin its career. 
When freedom reviving, and man in his prime, 

His rights will assert, and maintain without fear 
Of that cunning, bold race, who our species disgrace ; 
On the blood of a nation who make calculation 
To rise into splendor and fill a high station ; 
Nay, climb to the throne on a villanous plan 
To plunder his substance, and trample on man. 



ON THE BRITISH COMMERCIAL DEPRE- 
DATIONS. 

As gallant ships as ever ocean stemm'd — 
A thousand ships are captured, and condemn'd ! 
Ships from our shores, with native cargoes fraught. 
And sailing to the very shores they ought : 
And yet at peace ! — the wrong is past all bearing ; 
The very comets * are the war declaring : 
Six thousand seamen groan beneath your power. 
For years immured, and prisoners to this hour : 

Then England come ! a sense of wrong requires 
To meet with thirteen stars your thousand fires ; 
On your own seas the conflict to sustain, 
Or drown them, with your commerce in the main ! 

True do we speak, and who can well deny. 
That England claims all water, land, and sky 
Her power expands — extends through every zone, 
Nor bears a rival — but must rule alone. 
To enforce her claims, a thousand sails unfurl'd 
Pronounce their home the cock-pit of the world ; 

* A large comet appeared for several months, about this time. — Freneau's 

note. 



l8l5] TO AMERICA 3OI 

The modern Tyre, whose fiends and lions prowl, 
A tyrant navy, which in time must howl.* 
Heaven send the time — the world obeys her nod: 
Her nods, we hope, the sleep of death forbode ; 
Some mighty change, when plunder'd thrones agree, 
And plunder'd countries, to make commerce free. 



TO AMERICA: 

On the English Depredations on the American Coast. 

When Alfred held the english throne, 
And England's self was little known. 
Yet, when invaded by the Dane, 
He early faced them on the main. 

That Scythian race who ruled the sea — 
He soon pronounced their destiny ; 
To leave his isle, to sheath the sword ; 
Disgraced, defeated, and abhorr'd. 

So now, these worse than danes appear 
To do their deeds of havoc here — 
For all they did in seasons past, 
The day of grief must come at last. 

For plains, yet white with human bones. 
For murders past, no prayer atones ; 
For ruin spread in former years. 
Not even the mitred clergy's tears. 

Let us but act the part we ought. 
And tyrants will be dearly taught 
That they, who aid a country's claim. 
Fight not for ribands, or a name. 

*Howl, ye ships of Tarshish, &c. — Ezekiel. — Freneau's note. 



302 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Still hostile to the rights of man, 
A deadly war, the english plan ; 
The gothic system will prevail, 
To ruin where they can assail ; 
A war, where seas of blood may flow 
To ornament their scenes of wo. 

O Washington ! thy honored dust 
The foe will not profane, we trust ; 
Or if they do, will vengeance sleep, 
Or fail to drive them to the deep ? 

For shores well known, they shape their course, 
An english fleet, with all its force ; 
A british fleet may soon appear 
To ravage all we counted dear. 

Advancing swift, by beat of drum, 
Half England's dregs, or Scotland's scum ; 
With these unite the indian tribes, 
Now hostile made by force of bribes — 
And they will dare the eagle's frown. 
Though half his force can put them down. 

The envenom'd foe, inured to war. 
May scatter vengeance wide and far, 
Unless, to assert our country's right. 
All hearts resolve, all hands unite. 

Let party feuds be hush'd, forgot. 
Past discord from the memory blot. 
And Britain, from our coasts repell'd. 
Shall rue the day she took the field. 

The dart, to assail the english power. 
In time must reach that hostile shore. 
And red with vengeance, on its way, 
Their naval power in ruins lay. 



l8l5] TO AMERICA 303 

The western world a blow must deal 
To let them know, and make them feel 
That much too long a plundering hag 
Has mortified all Europe's flag. 

By wars and death while despots thrive 
What pity one remains alive ! 
By them the seeds of war are sown, 
By them, our lives are not our own. 

Their deadly hate to freedom's growth, 
To reason's light — that spurns them both. 
That deadly hate predicts our doom. 
And digs the pit for freedom's tomb. 

Be not deceived — the league of kings, 
Confederate crowns, this warfare brings ; 
These send their hosts to forge our chains. 
Harass our shores, renew their reigns. 

At Pilnitz they who join'd to swear 
And wage with France wide wasting war 
Till freedom should her claims recall. 
And Louis reign, or myriads fall ; 

At Pilnitz, with decided aim, 
They form'd their schemes to blast our fame : 
And, faithful now to what they swore. 
Would, kings dismiss'd and thrones, restore. 

Ye hearts of steel, observe these hosts ! 
The odious train my soul disgusts ; 
They rise upon the vultures wings 
To prop the tottering cause of kings. 

Observe them well — through every grade 
They exercise the robber's trade ; 
They sail upon a plundering scheme. 
They march, to give you sword and flame. 



304 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

And burn you must, if, slow to act, 
You wait to see your cities sack'd, 
Yourselves enslav'd, and all things lose 
That labor earns or wealth bestows ; 
If slow to send your heated balls. 
Indignant, through their wooden walls. 

O may you see their squadrons yield 
Their legions sink on every field ; 
And new Burgoynes, to slaughter bred, 
Burgoynes, once more, in fetters led. 

And may you see all foreign power 
Forever banish'd from your shore. 
And see disheartened tyrants mourn, 
And Britain to her hell return. 



THE SUTTLER AND THE SOLDIER. 

" Who would refuse this cheering draught? " 
The suttler said, and saying, laugh'd 
The soldier, then, the liquor quaff'd. 
And felt right bold. 

The suttler soon foresaw the rest. 
And thus the son of Mars address'd, 
' ' This brandy is the very best 

Of all I've sold. 

"The journey you are bound to go. 
In former times, I travell'd too. 
When Arnold march'd, with lord knows who. 
To seize Quebec. 

' ' And if he fail'd in that assault. 
It was not, sure, the brandy's fault ; 
The best, at times, may make a halt, 
Ay, break his neck. 



i8i5] THE SUTTLER AND THE SOLDIER 305 

' ' Now hear a dotard of your trade : — 
Of old I lived by flint and blade, 
But, disregarded, and decay'd, 

I'm nothing now. 

" This leaky shed is not my own. 
And here I stay, unheard, unknown. 
Poor Darby, and without a Joan, 

Nor horse, nor cow. 

' ' But mend your draught — I have more to say : — 
You now are young, and under pay ; 
Be warn'd by me, whose hairs are grey ; 
The time will come 

"When you may find this trade of arms. 
The march, that now your bosom warms. 
Has little but illusive charms. 

Mere beat of drum : 

' ' But yet, in such a cause as this 
I deem your ardor not amiss — 
I know you are no hireling Swiss ; 

Your country calls : 

' ' And when she calls, you must obey ; 
For wages not — fig for the pay — 
Tis honor calls you out this day 

To face the balls. 

' ' You have to go where George Provost 
Has many a soldier made a ghost. 
Where Indians many a prisoner roast 
Or seize their scalps. 

• ' And what of that ? — mere fate of war — 
God grant you may have better fare — 
Go, fight beneath a kinder star. 

And scourge the whelps. 
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"They scarce are men — mere flesh and blood — 
Mere ouran-outaings of the wood, 
Forever on the scent of blood, 

And deers at heart. 

"When men, like you, approach them nigh. 
They make a yell, retreat, and fly : 
On equal ground, they never try 

The warrior's art. 

' ' Then dare their strength — at honor's call 
Explore the road to Montreal, 
To dine, perchance, in Drummond's hall, 
Perhaps in jail. 

' ' Of all uncertain things below 
The chance of war is doubly so ; 
For this I saw, and this I know ; — 
Yet, do not fail. 

' ' To live, for months on scanty fare. 
To sleep, by night in open air. 
To fight, and every danger share ; 
All these await. 

" But bear them all ! — wherever led. 
And live contented, though half fed : — 
A couch of straw, and canvas shed 
Shall be your fate ! 

"And mind the mark — remember me — 
When full of fight, and full of glee. 
Be of your brandy not too free : — 

Ay, mind the mark ! 

"Who drinks too much, the day he fights, 
Calls danger near, and death invites 
To dim, or darken all his lights ; — 
His noon is dark ! 



i8l5] THE SUTTLER AND THE SOLDIER 307 

" It is a friend in a stormy day ; 
Then brandy drives all care away, 
But, over done, it will betray 

The wisest sage. 

' ' Then strictly guard the full canteen — 
Its power enlivens every scene. 
And helps to keep the soul serene 

When battles rage. 

' ' This potent stuff, if managed well, 
(And strong it is, the sort I sell) 
Can every doubt and fear expel, 

When prudence guides. 

' ' Though mountains rise, or rocks intrude, 
This nectar smooths the roughest road. 
And cheers the heart, and warms the blood 
Through all its tides. 

" Then drink you this, and more," (he said, 
And held the pitcher to his hesid) 
' ' This drink of gods, when Ganymede 

Hands round the bowl, 

"Will nerve the arm, and bid you go 
Where prowls the vagrant Eskimau,* 
Where torpid winter tops with snow 

The darkened pole, — " 

"Enough, enough! " — (the sergeant said) 
Now, suttler, he must go to bed — 
See ! topsy-turvy goes his head ; 

I hear him short." 

' ' Since I know where to get my pay 
(The suttler answered rather gay) 
No matter what I said or say — 

I've sold my quart." 

* The savage inhabitants of Labrador, or New-Britain. — Freneau's note. 



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MILITARY RECRUITING 

To a Recruit Fond of Segar Smoking 

Ex fumo dare lucem 

Cogitat, ut speciosa dehinc miracula promat. — Hor. 

When first I arrived to the age of a man 

And met the distraction of care, 
As the day to a close rather sorrowful ran 
Yet I smiled and I smoked my segar : 
O, how sweet did it seem 
What a feast, what a dream 
What a pleasure to smoke the segar ! 

In vain did the din of the females assail 
Or the noise of the carts in the street, 
With a Spanish segar and a pint of good ale 
I found my enjoyment complete : 
Old care I dismiss'd 
While I held in my fist 
The pitcher, and smoked the segar. 

What a world are we in, if we do not retire. 

And, at times, to the tavern repair 
To read the gazette, by a hickory fire. 
With a sixpence or shilling to spare. 
To handle the glass 
And an evening pass 
With the help of a lively segar. 

The man of the closet, who studies and reads, 

And prepares for the wars of the bar ; 
The priest who harangues, or the lawyer who pleads, 
What are they without the segar? 
What they say may be right. 
But they give no delight 
Unless they have smoked the segar. 



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The farmer still plodding, who follows his plough, 

A calling, the first and the best, 
Would care not a fig for the sweat on his brow 
If he smoked a segar with the rest : 
To the hay-loft alone 
I would have it unknown. 
For there a segar I detest. 

The sailor who climbs and ascends to the yard 

Bespatter'd and blacken'd with tar. 
Would think his condition uncommonly hard 
If he did not indulge the segar. 
To keep them in trim 
While they merrily swim 
On the ocean, to countries afar. 

The soldier untry'd, in the midst of the smoke, 

The havoc and carnage of war. 
Would stand to his cannon, as firm as a rock, 
Would they let him but smoke his segar : 
Every gun in the fort 
Should make its report 
From the fire which illumes the segar. 

Come then, to the tavern, ye sons of the sword. 

No fear of a wound or a scar ; 
If your money is gone, your account will be scored 
By the lady who tends at the bar : 
And this I can say. 
Not a cent need you pay 
For the use of the social segar. 



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ON THE CAPTURE OF THE GUERRIERE, 

Captain Dacres, August 19, 181 2 — by the Constitution, american 
frigate, capt. Hull. 

AN IRREGULAR ODE. 

Long the tyrant of our coast 

Reign'd the famous Guerriere ; 
Our little navy she defy'd, 

Public ship and privateer : 
On her sails in letters red, 
To our captains were display'd 
Words of warning, words of dread, 

All, who meet me, have a care ! 

I am England's Guerriere.* 

On the wide, Atlantic deep 

(Not her equal for the fight) 
The Constitution, on her way, 

Chanced to meet these men of might : 
On her sails was nothing said. 
But her waist the teeth displayed 
That a deal of blood could shed, 

Which, if she would venture near, 

Would stain the decks of the Guerriere. 

Now our gallant ship they met — 

And, to struggle with John Bull — 
Who had come, they little thought. 

Strangers, yet, to Isaac Hull: 
Better, soon, to be acquainted : 
Isaac hail'd the lord's anointed — 
While the crew the cannon pointed. 

And the balls were so directed 

With a blaze so unexpected ; 

* Female warrior, or amazon. — Freneau's note. 



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Isaac did so maul and rake her 
That the decks of captain Dacres 
Were in such a woful pickle 
As if death, with scythe and sickle, 

With his sling, or with his shaft 

Had cut his harvest fore and aft. 

Thus, in thirty minutes ended. 
Mischiefs that could not be mended : 
Masts, and yards, and ship descended, 

All to David Jones' locker — 

Such a ship in such a pucker ! 

Drink about to the Constitution ! 

She perform'd some execution 
Did some share of retribution 

For the insults of the year 
When she took the Guerriere. 

May success again await her. 
Let who will again command her 

Bainbridge, Rodgers, or Decatur — 
Nothing like her can withstand her. 

With a crew, like that on board her 
Who so boldly call'd "to order" 

One bold crew of english sailors. 
Long, too long our seamen's jailors, 

Dacre' and the Guerriere ! 



312 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

THEODOSIA 

In ihc Morning Star} 

The fatal and perfidious barque ! 

Built in the eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark, 

That sunk so low that angel form of thine ! 

The morning star, resplendent in the east, 
May be our station, when from life released. 

Tempestuous cape ! how fatal proved the day 
When from thy shores the faithless ship withdrew, 
Yet, prosperous gales impell'd her on her way 
Till the broad canvas vanish'd from the view. 

Long on that height the pensive friends remain'd 
Till ocean's curve conceal'd her from the eye. 
And all was hope that she her port attain'd 
Ere ten more suns illumed the morning sky. 

Fond friends ! false hope ! no port beheld her come 
With flowing sheet, to meet the pilot's sail : 
No pilot met her on the Atlantic foam — 
What could the pilot, or his art, avail? 

Detested barque! nor art thou yet arrived — 
Nor wilt thou come ! three years are roll'd away ! 
You, Theodosia of her life deprived. 
You sunk her from the cheerful beams of day ! 

Where dost thou rest, with her whose genius rose 
Above her sex — for science so renown'd — 
But does her spirit in the deep repose 
Or find new mansions on celestial ground? 

1 Theodosia, the brilliant and accomplished daughter of Aaron Burr, em- 
barked from Charleston, S. C, December 29, 1812, in the schooner Patriot 
for New York. The boat never was heard from afterwards. It doubtless 
foundered off Cape Hatteras in the severe gale which sprang up soon after the 
vessel had left the harbor. 



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That soars above to heights unknown before, 
Where all is joy, and life that never ends ; 
Where all is rapture, all admire, adore ; 
Immortal nature, with angelic friends. 

Oh ! shed no more the tears of sad regret ; 
The hymns of joy, the lofty verse prepare — 
Her briny doom, the ingulphing wave forget 
For Theodosia in the Morning Star. 



IN MEMORY OF JAMES LAWRENCE, ESQUIRE, 

Late commander of the United States frigate Chesapeake, who fell in the 
action, with the british ship of war Shannon, June ist. 18 13 

— Semper honoratum habebo — Virg. 

To lift his name to high renown 

His native merits led the way ; 
His morning sun resplendent shone 

Till clouds obscured the fading ray : 
His country's voice his worth confess'd. 

His country's tears disclose the rest, 
In battle brave, his lofty mind 

Aspired to all that fame relates 
Of those, who on her page we find 

Defenders of insulted states : 

Of all who fought, or all who fell. 
The noblest part he copied well. 

For Lawrence dead, his Jersey mourns. 

With tearful eye laments the day 
When all the worth that men adorns 
One fatal moment snatch'd away ! 
On honor's bed his doom he found. 
In honor's cause, the deadly wound. 



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To what vast heights his mind aspired, 

Who knew him best can best relate : — 
A longer term the cause required 
That urged him to an early fate : 

But He, whose fires illumed his breast, 
Knew what was right and what was best. 

His country to her breast receives 

His mangled form, and holds it dear ; 
She plants her marble, while she grieves. 

Where all, who read, might drop a tear. 
And say, while memory calls to mind 
The chief, who with our worthies shined. 
Here Lawrence rests, his country's pride. 
On valor's decks who fought and died ! 



ON THE LAKE EXPEDITIONS 

Where Niagara's awful roar 
Convulsive shakes the neighboring shore, 
Alarm'd I heard the trump of war. 
Saw legions join ! 

And such a blast, of old, they blew. 
When southward from st. Lawrence flew 
The indian, to the english true, 
Led by Burgoyne. 

United, then, they sail'd Champlain, 
United now, they march again, 
A land of freedom to profane 

With savage yell. 

For this they scour the mountain wood ; 
Their errand, death, their object, blood : 
For this they stem thy subject flood, 
O stream Sorel! 



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Who shall repulse the hireling host, 
Who force them back through snow and frost, 
Who swell the lake with thousands lost, 
Dear freedom ? say ! — 

Who but the sons of freedom's land. 
Prepared to meet the bloody band ; 
Resolved to make a gallant stand 

Where lightnings play. 

Their squadrons, arm'd with gun and sword. 
Their legions, led by knight and lord 
Have sworn to see the reign restored 
Of George, the goth ; 

Whose mandate, from a vandal shore. 
Impels the sail, directs the oar. 
And, to extend the flames of war. 
Employs them both. 



THE BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE 

September 10, 18 13 

" To clear the lake of Perry's fleet 
And make his flag his winding sheet 
This is my object — I repeat — " 

— Said Barclay, flush'd with native pride. 
To some who serve the british crown : — 
But they, who dwell beyond the moon. 
Heard this bold menace with a frown. 

Nor the rash sentence ratified. 

Ambition so bewitch'd his mind. 
And royal smiles had so combined 
With skill, to act the part assign'd 



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He for no contest cared, a straw ; 
The ocean was too narrow far 
To be the seat of naval war ; 
He wanted lakes, and room to spare, 

And all to yield to Britain's law. 

And thus he made a sad mistake ; 
Forsooth he must possess the lake. 
As merely made for England's sake 

To play her pranks and rule the roast ; 
Where she might govern, uncontrol'd. 
An unmolested empire hold, 
And keep a fleet to fish up gold. 

To pay the troops of George Provost. 

The ships approach'd, of either side, 
And Erie, on his bosom wide 
Beheld two hostile navies ride. 

Each for the combat well prepared : 
The lake was smooth, the sky was clear. 
The martial drum had banish'd fear. 
And death and danger hover'd near. 

Though both were held in disregard. 

From lofty heights their colors flew, 
And Britain's standard all in view. 
With frantic valor fired the crew 

That mann'd the guns of queen Charlotte. 
" And we must Perry's squadron take. 
And England shall command the lake ; — 
And you must fight for Britain's sake, 

(Said Barclay) sailors, will you not? " 

Assent they gave with heart and hand ; 
For never yet a braver band 
To fight a ship, forsook the land. 



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Than Barclay had on board that day ; — 
The guns were loosed the game to win, 
Their muzzles gaped a dismal grin, 
And out they pulled their tompion pin. 

The bloody game of war to play. 

But Perry soon, with flowing sail. 
Advanced, determined to prevail. 
When from his bull-dogs flew the hail 

Directed full at queen Charlotte. 
His wadded guns were aim'd so true. 
And such a weight of ball they threw. 
As, Barclay said, he never knew 

To come, before, so scalding hot ! 

But still, to animate his men 
From gun to gun the warrior ran 
And blazed away and blazed again — 

Till Perry's ship was half a wreck : 
They tore away both tack and sheet, — 
Their victory might have been complete. 
Had Perry not, to shun defeat 

In lucky moment left his deck. 

Repairing to another post. 

From another ship he fought their host 

And soon regain'd the fortune lost, 

And down, his flag the briton tore : 
With loss of arm and loss of blood 
Indignant, on his decks he stood 
To witness Erie's crimson flood 

For miles around him, stain'd with gore ! 

Thus, for dominion of the lake 
These captains did each other rake. 
And many a widow did they make ; — 



3l8 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Whose is the fault, or who to blame ? — 
The briton challenged with his sword, 
The yankee took him at his word. 
With spirit laid him close on board — 

They're ours — he said — and closed the game. 



ON THE CAPTURE 

OF THE UNITED STATES FRIGATE ESSEX, 

Of thirty -two guns, David Porter, esq. commander, in the neutral port 
of Valparisso, on the coast of Chili, in South America, January, 
1 8 14, by the british frigate Phoebe, capt. Hillyer, of forty- 
nine guns, and the Cherub of thirty -two guns. 

"All the devils were there, and hell was empty ! " 

From cruising near the southern pole 
Where wild antarctic oceans roll, 
With a gallant crew, a manly soul, 

Heroic Porter came. 
Then, weathering round the stormy cape, 
And facing death in every shape, 
Which Anson * hardly could escape, 

(So says the page of fame.) 

He made the high chilesian coast. 

The Andes, half in vapor lost, 

The Andes, topp'd with snow and frost, 

Eternal winter's reign ! 
Then, to the rugged western gale. 
He spread the broad Columbian sail ; 
And, Valparisso, thy fair vale 

Received him, with his men. 

* See Lord Anson's voyage round the world between 1740 and 1744, by his 
chaplain, the rev. Richard Walter. The terrors and dangers of a winter passage 
round Cape Horn into the Western Ocean, are depicted in that work by a masterly 
hand, who was witness to the scene. — Freneau's note. 



l8lS] ON THE CAPTURE OF THE ESSEX 319 

There, safely moor'd, his colors fly, 
Columbia's standard waved on high ; 
The neutral port, his friends, were nigh ; 

So gallant Porter thought ; 
Nor deem'd a foe would heave in sight 
Regardless of all neutral right ; 
And yet, that foe he soon must fight. 

And fight them as he ought. 

His Essex claim'd his fondest care. 
With her he every storm could dare, 
With her, to meet the blast of war. 

His soul was still in trim : 
In her he cruised the northern main. 
In her he pass'd the burning line. 
In her he all things could attain. 

If all would act like him. 

At length, two hostile ships appear. 
And for the port they boldly steer — 
The Phoebe first, and in her rear 

The Cherub, all secure. 
They loom'd as gay as for a dance, 
Or ladies painted in romance — 
Do, mind how boldly they advance. 

Who can their fire endure? 

The Phoebe mounted forty-nine — 

All thought her on some grand design — 

Does she alone the fight decline? 

Say, Captain Hillyer, say? 
The Cherub's guns were thirty -two — 
And, Essex ! full a match for you — 
Yet to her bold companion true. 

She hugg'd her close, that day. 



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Ye powers, that rule the southern pole ! 
Are these the men of English soul? 
Do these, indeed, the waves control? 

Are these the ocean's lords? 
Though challenged singly to the fight 
(As Porter, Hillyer, did invite) 
These men of spunk, these men of might, 

Refused to measure swords ! 

What, fight alone ! bold Hillyer said — 
I will not fight without my Aid — 
The Cherub is for war array'd. 

And she must do her share ! 
Now Porter saw their dastard plan — 
To fight them both was surely vain ; 
We should have thought a man insane 

That would so madly dare. 

Then, hands on deck ! the anchors weigh ! 
— And for the sea he left the bay, 
A running fight to have that day, 

And thus escape his foes. 
But oh ! — distressing to relate — 
As round a point of land he beat 
A squall from hell the ship beset. 

And her maintopmast goes ! 

Unable to attain that end, 

He turns toward the neutral friend, 

And hoped protection they might lend, 

But no protection found. 
In this distress, the foe advanced — 
With such an eye at Essex glanced ! 
And such a fire of death commenced 

As dealt destruction round ! 



I8l5] ON THE CAPTURE OF THE ESSEX 32 1 

With every shot they raked the deck, 
Till mingled ruin seized the wreck : 
No valor could the ardor check 

Of England's martial tars ! 
One hundred men the Essex lost : 
But Phoebe found, and to her cost. 
That Porter made them many a ghost 

To serve in Satan's wars. 

Oh, clouded scene ! — yet must I tell 
Columbia's flag, indignant, fell — 
To Essex, now, we bid farewell ; 

She wears the english flag ! 
But Yankees she has none on board 
To point the gun or wield the sword ; 
And though commanded by a lord 

They'll have no cause to brag. 



THE TERRIFIC TORPEDOES' 

OR SIR THOMAS HARDY'S SOLILOQUY. 

" Then traitor come ! as black revenge excites. 
Extinguish all our claims with all my lights ! 
But keen remorse, which vengeful furies lead, 
Will act her part for this inhuman deed. 

' It is a fact well ascertained that during a great part of the summer of 18 14 
the knight was under such serious apprehensions of being blown up by the Tor- 
pedo men, that he enjoyed no sleep or rest for many nights together. With such 
feelings, and under such impressions, he is supposed to begin his soliloquy abruptly, 
under all the emotions of horror, incident to such an occasion. — Freneau's note. 

Sir Thomas Hardy was commander of the 74 gun ship Ramillies, the leader 
of the squadron which lay off New London during the summer of 1814. The fol- 
lowing in Niles' Register, May 7, 1814, is suggestive : " It appears the British 
squadron off New London are yet disturbed by torpedoes. One of them lately 
exploded under the sprit-sail yard of the La Hoque, and threw up a volume of 
water near her fore top. The enemy, it seems, has a list of the persons concerned 
in the management of these machines ! ' ' 



322 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

How will her vultures on your vitals prey ! 
How will her stings our every death repay ! — 

nature ! is all sympathy a jest ; 

Art thou a stranger to the human breast? 
Has manly prowess quit the abandon'd stage, 
Are midnight plots the order of the age? 

"Where proud New-London holds her flaming guide 
To steer Decatur through the darksome tide, 

1 stay too long ! what station can I find 
To shake distraction from a tortured mind ! 

' ' Then, traitor, come ! your dark attack begin, 
Renown'd inventor of the black machine : 
But mark ! — for when some future poet tells, 
Or some historian on the subject dwells. 
No word of praise shall meet the listening ear, 
Disgustful story, to repeat or hear — 
Was you, an infant, to a mother press'd, 
Or did ferocious tigers give the breast — 
Did nature in some angry moment plan 
Some fierce hyena to degrade the man? 
Resolve me quick, for doubtful while I stay 
These dark torpedoes may be on their way. 
Does nature thus her heaviest curse impart 
And will she give such countenance to art ? — 
She gave you all that rancor could bestow. 
She lent her magic from the world below ; 
She gave you all that madness could propose. 
And all her malice in your bosom glows ; 
She gave you sulphur, charcoal, nitre join'd : 
She gave you not — a great and generous mind." 

So spoke the knight, and slamm'd the door, 
And thus went on, with feelings sore : 
' ' I relish not torpedo war : — 



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Die when I will, or where I may, 
I would not choose so short a way : 
These twenty nights I did my best 
To shut my eyes, and take my rest. 
But drowsy Morpheus might as well 
Upon the main mast try his spell. 
No potion from the poppy's leaf 
Can close my lids ; — and, to be brief. 
This Fulton, with his dashing plans. 
Distracts my head, my heart unmans : 
And, every night, I have my fears 
Of such infernal engineers ; 
Who, when I sup, or could I sleep 
Might row their wherry through the deep. 
And screw their engine to the keel, 
And blow us — where there's no appeal ; 
No question how, or where we died, 
But how we lived, and how applied 
The little sense our heads contain 
To save our souls, and live again. 

"They, who support torpedo plans 
Should have no plaudit for their pains ; 
Should be employ'd on dark designs. 
Explorers of peruvian mines ; 
Such have not felt the patriot glow, 
A feeling they could never know : 
For treasons they were surely made. 
Have princes slain and kings betray'd. — 
Ye powers above ! and must I wait 
Till these prevail in every state. 
Till pale disease, or shivering age 
Drives such false patriots from the stage ! 

" The chaplain said he heard me snore, 
But many a fib he told before ; 



324 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

And if I snored, I'm satisfied 

Twas when my eyes were open wide. 

' ' Torpedoes ! who contrived the word ? 
Torpedoes ! worse than gun or sword ! 
They are a mode of naval war 
We cannot have a relish for : — 
In all the chronicles I read 
Of former times, they nothing said 
Of such a horrible machine 
That would disgrace an algerine. 
And only yankees would employ, 
Not to distress, but to destroy. 

" What human eye, without dismay 
Can see torpedo- lightning's play? 
What mortal heart, but dreads a foe 
That fights unseen from fields below ! 

What passion must that heart inspire 
That dives the sea, to deal in fire. 
What can he fear, I trembling ask 
Who undertakes the daring task? 

" With engines of perdition spread. 
Amazed, I see the ocean's bed ! 
And find with rage, regret, despair, 
I have no power to meet them there ! 

' ' Alack ! my nerves are on the rack — 
They're hammering at the garboard streak I 
Some yankee dog is near the keel ! 
Ho, sailors give the ship a heel : 
Go, chaplain, to the starboard chains 
And ask the rascal what he means? 
Who knows but Fulton's self is there 
With all his dark infernal gear : 



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Who knows but he has fix'd his screws, 
And left a match, to fire the fuze — 
Who knows, but in this very hour, 
The Ramillies will be no more ! 
Will only live in empty fame, 
And I, myself, be but a name ! 

' ' Should the torpedo take effect. 
Her carcass will be worse than wreck'd ; 
In scatter'd fragments to the sky 
This ship of ships will clattering fly : 
And then — ah, chaplain ! — ah, what then ! 
Where will I be, and all my men? 
And where will you a lodging find, 
A traveller on a gale of wind ! 
And where will be the pretty maid 
That sweeps my floor and makes my bed? 

Oh Fanny, Fanny! must we part? — 
Torpedoes ! — I am sick at heart ! — 
How will the flames those lips deface ! 
How will they spoil that blooming face ! 
How will they scorch your auburn hair — ? 
— You'll have your plagues, and I my share. 

And must I all my fears impart ; 

And do these guns my ship ensure? 
And must I ask my fluttering heart 

If on these decks I stand secure? 

' ' Do, Fanny, go and boil some tea : 
Come hither, love, and comfort me : 
A glass of wine ! my spirits sink ! 
The last perhaps that I shall drink ! — 
Or go — unlock the brandy case 
And let us have a dram a piece ; — 
No matter if your nose is red. 
We shall be sober when we're dead. 



326 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

" In fancy's view the mine is sprung, 
The rudder from the stern unhung, 
My valiant sailors torn asunder. 
The ship herself a clap of thunder, 
From fathoms down, a deadly blast 
Unbolts the keel, unsteps the mast. 
While Fulton, with a placid grin 
Exulting, views the infernal scene ! 

The sails are vanish'd, tack and clue. 
The rigging burnt, by lord knows who. 
The star that glitter'd on my breast 
Is gone to Davy Jones's chest ; 
The glorious ensign of St. George, 
Of Spain the dread, of France the scourge, 
Is from the staff, unpitied, torn 
And for a cloak by satan worn : 
The Lion mounted on the prow. 
To awe the subject sea below 
With flames that Lion is oppress'd — 
They will not spare the royal beast. — 

vengeance ! why does vengeance sleep ? 
The yards are scatter'd o'er the deep. 
Our guns are buried in the seas. 

And thus concludes the Ramillies ! 

' ' The world, I think, can witness bear 
My name was never stain'd by fear : 
At least the british fleet can say 

1 never shunn'd the face of clay : 
But Fulton's black, infernal art — 

Has stamp'd me — coward — to the heart ! 

" When Nelson met the Spanish fleet. 
And every pulse for conquest beat. 
At Nelson's side I had my stand ; 
When Nelson fell I took command : 



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Not Etna's self, with all her flames — 
Vesuvius — such description claims ; 
Not Hecla, in her wildest rage, 
Does with such fires the heavens engage, 
As on that day, in mourning clad. 
Was thunder'd from the Trinidad.* 

' ' And yet, amidst that awful scene, 
I stood unhurt, composed, serene ; 
Though balls, by thousands, whistled round. 
Not one had leave to kill or wound — 
But here ! in this torpedo war 
I perish, with my glittering star. 
The laurels that adorn my brow — 
My laurels are surrender'd now. 
O Fanny ! these envenom'd states 
Have doom'd our deaths among the rats. 
In one explosion, to the sky 
Our chaplain, rats, and sailors fly. 

" To deal in such inhuman war 
Is more than English blood can bear ; 
It brings again the gothic age, 
Renews that period on the stage, 
When men against the gods rebell'd. 
And Ossa was on Pelion piled : 
The trojan war, when Diomede 
In battle, made fair Venus bleed ; 
Or, when the giants of renown 
Attempted Jove's imperial crown : — 
From such a foe, before we meet, 
The safest way, is to retreat. 
To leave this curst unlucky shore 
And come to trouble them no more. 

*The Santa Trinidada, the Spanish admiral's ship, of 112 guns, from the 
mizen top of which admiral Nelson was mortally wounded by a musket shot. 
Another account says, he received his death wound from the Redoubtable, french 
74. — Freneau's note. 



328 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

' ' But, should it be my fate to-night 
Not to behold to-morrow's light 
But mingle with the vulgar dead, 
With all my terrors on my head — 
Should such a fate be mine, I say. 
Dear Fanny, you must lead the way ; — 
You are the saint that will atone 
For what amiss I might have done : 
If such as you will intercede 
The chaplain may a furlow plead. 
While you and I in raptures go 
Where stormy winds no longer blow, 
Where guns are not, to shed our blood, 
Or if there be, are made of wood ; 
Where all is love, and no one hates ; 
No falling kings or rising states ; 
No colors that we must defend, 
If sick, or dead, or near our end ; 
Where yankees are admitted not 
To hatch their damn'd torpedo plot : 
Where you will have no beds to make. 
Nor I be doom'd to lie awake." 



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THE NORTHERN MARCH 

Written Previously to the Battles of Chippewa and Bridgewater.^ 

Come, to the battle let us go, 
Hurl destruction on the foe ; 
Who commands us, well we know, 

Tis the gallant general Brown. 
Haste away from field or town. 
Pull the hostile standard down — 
If but led by general Brown 

What will be the event, we know. 

If but led against that foe. 

Soon their doom the english know. 

Soon their haughtiest blood shall flow, 

When opposed to general Brown. 
Haste away from town and farm : 
If we meet them, where's the harm? 
English power has lost its charm, 

England's fame is tumbling down. 

Long she ruled the northern waste, 
Freedom is by her debased. 
Freedom is not to her taste ; 

All the world must wear her chain ! ! ! 
' ' Not a keel shall plough the wave. 
Not a sail, without her leave ; 
Not a fleet, the nations have, 

Safe from her, shall stem the main ! ! ! 

1 Early in the year 18 14 the British army obtained possession of Fort Niagara 
and thereupon determined to remove the seat of the war to the Niagara frontier. 
The American expedition intended to invade Canada was directed, under command 
of General Jacob Brown, to dislodge the British from this position. The first de- 
cisive action was the battle of Chippewa, fought July 5, 1814, on Canadian soil, 
opposite Niagara Falls. Three weeks later, July 25, he again closed with the 
British at Bridgewater, or Lundy Lane, in the same vicinity. In both engage- 
ments the Americans were victorious. 



330 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Let this day's heroic deeds 

Let the generous breast that bleeds, 

Let our chief who bravely leads 

Tell them that their reign is done : 
Soon to quit Columbia's shore, 
Is their doom — we say no more ; 
General Brown, in the cannon's roar 

Tells them how the field is won ! 



ON POLITICAL SERMONS 

When parsons preach on politics, pray why 
Should declamation cease, if you go by ? 

We heard a lecture, or a scold. 
And, doubtful which it might be call'd. 
But senseless as the bell that toU'd, 
And pleasing neither young nor old. 

We kept our seats amid the din, 
Then quit the field, with all our sin. 
Just as good as we went in. 

Tell me what the preacher said. 
Ye, who somewhat longer stay'd 
Till the last address was made : — 

Why, — he talk'd of ruin'd states. 
Demagogues and democrates. 
Falling stars, and satan's baits. 

Did he mention nothing more ? — 
Simply, what he said before — 
Repetitions, twenty score. 

His arguments could nothing prove. 

His text alarm'd the sacred grove, 

His prayer displeased the powers above. 



l8l5] ON POLITICAL SERMONS 33 1 

He would not pray for those who rule, 
But hoped that in Bethesda's pool 
They all might dip, to make them cool. 

He deprecated blood and war, 
Its many mischiefs did deplore 
Except when England mounts the car. 

At Congress he had such a fling. 
As plainly show'd, he wish'd a king, 
Might here arrive, on, Vulture's wing; 

And that himself an horn might blow 
To shake our modern Jericho, 
And bring its ramparts very low. 

To english notes his psalm was sung. 
With politics the pulpit rung. 
And thrice was bellow'd from his tongue, 
' ' The president is always wrong ! 

" He brought these evils on our land, 
And he must go — the time's at hand — 
With Bonaparte to take his stand." — 

Must not the wheels of fate go on ? 
Must not the lion's teeth be drawn, 
Because it suits not Prester John ! — 

A Bishop's Lawn is such a prize 
Such virtue in a mitre lies. 
Democracy before it flies. 

And these he hopes, if George prevails, 
In time may hoist his shorten'd sails 
And waft him on, with fortune's gales. 

To gain by preaching, nett and clear. 
Some twenty hundred pounds a year ; 
Which democrats would never bear. 



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To England why so much a friend, 
Or why her cause with heat defend ? — 
There is, no doubt, some selfish end. 

Dear Momus come, and help me laugh — 
This England is the stay and staff 
Of true religion — more than half ! 

She is the prop of all that's good, 
A bulwark, which for ages stood 
To guard the path and mark the road ! 

One proof of which can soon be brought. 
The temple rais'd to Jaggernaut,* 
And India to his temple brought. 

To see her murder'd, mangled sons. 
To worship idols, stocks, and stones. 
Or reliques of some scoundrel's bones. 

And ' ' long may heaven on England smile — 

(So says our preacher, all the while) 

The world's last hope, fast anchor'd isle ! " — 

Religion there is made no sport. 
State tailors there have deckt her out 
In a birth-day suit — to go to court! — 

* The temple of Jaggernaut, an idolatrous establishment in India, to the sup- 
port of which the english government contributed largely. The unwieldy idol, to 
which the temple is dedicated, is, on certain days, carried about the streets on a 
huge carriage, under the wheels of which the superstitious multitude, it is said, 
suffer themselves to be trampled and crushed to pieces, by hundreds, from a super- 
stitious motive. If this be not fiction, may the british government exert its influ- 
ence to eradicate so barbarous and bloody a superstition from the minds of millions 
of idolatrous wretches. — Freneau's note. 



I8l5] LINES ON NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 333 



LINES ON NAPOLEON BONAPARTE » 

Napoleon, born for regal sway, 
With fortune in a smiling mood. 

To a foreign land explored his way. 

Where Cairo stands, or Memphis stood. 

And still he fought, and still she smiled, 
And urged him far, and spurr'd him on. 

And on his march, at length beguiled, 
One thinking man to wear a crown. 

The crown attracted many a care, 

And war employ'd him, day and night ; 

He by a princess had an heir 

Born to succeed him, or — who might. 

Through russian tribes he forced his way. 
To blast their hopes and hurl them down 

Whose valor might dispute his sway. 
Or dispossess him of a crown. 

At last arrived the fatal time, 

When powerful tyrants, jealous grown, 

Agreed to count it for a crime 
A commoner should fill a throne. 

European states, with England join'd 

To keep unmixt the royal race, 
And let the famed Napoleon find 

A dotard might supply his place. 

' This poem and the one following were written shortly after the news ot 
Napoleon's banishment to Elba, April 11, 18 14, had reached America. 



334 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

ON THE DISMISSION OF BONAPARTE 

From the French Throne. 

Famed Bonaparte, in regal pride, 
Put slighted Josephine aside. 
And wedded an imperial bride, 
Of fortune sure. 

But when he droop'd, and when he fell, 
(I took my pen and mark'd it well) 
This jilt of jilts, this austrian belle, 
No longer styled him, Mon Amour ; 

Which means, I think, my dearest heart. 
My love ! — but lovers often part 
When friendship does not point the dart. 
Nor fix the flame. 

And warning, hence, let others take, 
Nor love's decree for interest break ; 
In marriage, too much lies at stake 
To slight its claim. 

Retreating to the tuscan coast. 
An empire, wife, and fortune lost. 
He found the throne a dangerous post. 
And wars a cheat ; 

Where all, who play their game too deep. 
Must hazard life, and discord reap. 
Or thrown from grandeur's giddy steep. 
Lament their fate. 

Napoleon, with an empty chest ! 
An austrian princess must detest ; 
And yet, she wears upon her breast 
The painted toy ; * 

* A miniature picture of the late emperor Napoleon. — Freneau's note. 



l8l5] ON THE DISMISSION OF BONAPARTE 335 

And often weeps, the story goes, 
That royal blood not wholly flows 
In every vein, from head to toes. 
Of her dear boy. 

To Elba's isle she could not go — 
The royal orders said ' ' No, no ! 
On Elba's island we bestow 
No royal throne : " 

And thus Napoleon, shoved from power, 
Has many a lonely gloomy hour 
To walk on Elba's sea-beat shore, 
Alone ! alone ! 

O save us from ambition's sway. 
Ye powers, who tread the milky way ; 
It will deceive, it will betray 
Nine out of ten. 

Napoleon's history let us read : 
In science he was great indeed — 
Ambition's lantern did mislead 
This prince of men : — 

And yet, ambition had its use, 
It check'd the royal game of goose, 
And many a flagrant vile abuse 
Fell at his frown. 

But, doom'd to share immortal fame, 
Despotic powers will dread his name. 
Though he, perhaps, was much the same. 
Raised to a throne ! 



336 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 



THE PRINCE REGENT'S RESOLVE 

The regent prince, enraged to find 

The standard from his frigates torn, 
To a full court thus spoke his mind. 
With hand display'd and soul of scorn, 
' ' Since fate decreed Napoleon's fall, 
Now, now's the time to conquer all ! 

' ' We at the head of all that's great, 
Tis ours to hold the world in awe : 
Let Louis reign in regal state, 
And let his subjects own his law ; 

Their tide of power tis ours to stem — 
We'll govern those who govern them. 

"But here's the rub, and here's my grief; 

My frigates from the seas are hurl'd ! 
What shall we do? how find relief? 

How strike and stupefy the world? 
Our flag, that long control'd the main. 
Our standard must be raised again. 

' ' A land there lies towards the west 
There must my royal will be done ; 
That land is an infernal nest 
Of reptiles, rul'd by Madison : 

That nest I swear to humble down, 
There plant a king, and there a crown.' 

" Depart, my fleet, depart, my slaves. 
Invade that nest, attack and burn ; 
Where'er the ocean rolls his waves. 
Subdue, or dare not to return ; 
Subdue and plunder all you can , 
Who plunders most — shall be my man. 



l8l5] THE volunteer's MARCH 337 

' ' To scatter death, by fire and sword, 
To prostrate all, where'er you go : 
That is the mandate, that the word. 

Though seas of blood around you flow : 
No more ! — go, aid the indian yell : 
Be conquerors, and I'll feed you well. 

So spoke the prince, but little knew 

His minions were for slaughter fed ; 
Nor did he guess, that vengeance, too. 
Would fall on his devoted head ; 
When all his plans and projects fail. 
And he ascends Belshazzar's scale.* 



THE VOLUNTEER'S MARCH f 

July, 1 8 14 
Dulce est pro patria mori. 

Ye, whom Washington has led, 
Ye, who in his footsteps tread, 
Ye, who death nor danger dread. 
Haste to glorious victory. 

Now's the day and now's the hour ; 
See the British navy lour, 
See approach proud George's power, 
England ! chains and slavery. 

Who would be a traitor knave? 
Who would fill a coward's grave? 
Who so base to be a slave? 
Traitor, coward, turn and flee. 

* Mene mene, Tekel, Peres ! — thou art weighed in the balance, and art 
found wanting! — Daniel. — Freneau's note. 

f This little ode, with the addition of two new stanzas is somewhat altered 
from one of Robert Bums' compositions, and applied to an american occasion : the 
original being Bruce' s supposed address to his army, a little before the battle of 
Bannockbourne. — Freneau's note. 



338 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Meet the tyrants, one and all ; 
Freemen stand, or freemen fall — 
At Columbia's patriot call. 

At her mandate, march away ! 

Former times have seen them yield, 
Seen them drove from every field. 
Routed, ruin'd, and repell'd — 
Seize the spirit of those times ! 

By oppression's woes and pains — 
By our sons in servile chains 
We will bleed from all our veins 
But they shall be — shall be free. 

O'er the standard of their power 
Bid Columbia's eagle tower. 
Give them hail in such a shower 

As shall blast them — horse and man ! 

Lay the proud invaders low, 
Tyrants fall in every foe ; 
Liberty's in every blow, 
Forward ! let us do or die. 



THE BATTLE OF STONINGTON 

ON THE SEABOARD OF CONNECTICUT 

In an attack upon the town and a small fort of two guns, by the Ramil- 

lies, seventy-four gun ship, commanded by Sir Thomas Hardy ; 

the Pactolus, 38 gun ship. Despatch, brig of 22 guns, and 

a razee, or bomb ship. — August, 1814. 

Four gallant ships from England came 
Freighted deep with fire and flame, 
And other things we need not name. 
To have a dash at Stonington. 



i8l5] THE BATTLE OF STONINGTON 339 

Now safely moor'd, their work begun ; 
They thought to make the yankees run, 
And have a mighty deal of fun 
In stealing sheep at Stonington. 

A deacon, then popp'd up his head 
And parson Jones's sermon read. 
In which the reverend doctor said 
That they must fight for Stonington. 

A townsman bade them, next, attend 
To sundry resolutions penn'd, 
By which they promised to defend 
With sword and gun, old Stonington. 

The ships advancing different ways, 
The britons soon began to blaze. 
And put th' old women in amaze, 
Who fear'd the loss of Stonington. 

The yankees to their fort repair'd. 
And made as though they little cared 
For all that came — though very hard 
The cannon play'd on Stonington. 

The Ramillies began the attack, 
Despatch came forward — bold and black — 
And none can tell what kept them back 
From setting fire to Stonington. 

The bombardiers with bomb and ball, 
Soon made a farmer's barrack fall. 
And did a cow-house sadly maul 
That stood a mile from Stonington. 

They kill'd a goose, they kill'd a hen. 
Three hogs they wounded in a pen — 
They dash'd away, and pray what then ? 
This was not taking Stonington. 



340 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

The shells were thrown, the rockets flew, 
But not a shell, of all they threw. 
Though every house was full in view. 
Could burn a house at Stonington. 

To have their turn they thought but fair ; — 
The yankees brought two guns to bear, 
And, sir, it would have made you stare. 
This smoke of smokes at Stonington. 

They bored Pactolus through and through. 
And kill'd and wounded of her crew 
So many, that she bade adieu 

T' the gallant boys of Stonington. 

The brig Despatch was huU'd and torn — 
So crippled, riddled, so forlorn. 
No more she cast an eye of scorn 
On th' little fort at Stonington. 

The Ramillies gave up th' affray 
And, with her comrades, sneak'd away — 
Such was the valor, on that day. 
Of british tars near Stonington. 

But some assert, on certain grounds, 
(Besides the damage and the wounds) 
It cost the king ten thousand pounds 
To have a dash at Stonington. 



i8l5] ON THE BRITISH INVASION 34I 

ON THE BRITISH INVASION 
18141 

From France, desponding and betray'd, 
From liberty in ruins laid, 
Exulting Britain has display'd 
Her flag, again to invade us. 

Her myrmidons, with murdering eye, 
Across the broad Atlantic fly 
Prepared again their strength to try, 
And strike our country's standard. 

Lord Wellington's ten thousand slaves,* 
And thrice ten thousand, on the waves. 
And thousands more of brags and braves 
Are under sail, and coming 

To burn our towns, to seize our soil, 
To change our laws, our country spoil. 
And Madison to Elba's isle 
To send without redemption. 

In Boston state they hope to find 
A yankee host of kindred mind 
To aid their arms, to rise and bind 
Their countrymen in shackles : 

But no such thing — it will not do — 
At least, not while a Jersey Blue 
Is to the cause of freedom true. 
Or the bold Fennsylvanian. 

' This poem was written early in August, on receipt of the news that a large 
squadron was on its way across the Atlantic to lay waste the seaboard cities. The 
squadron finally sailed into Chesapeake Bay and turned its attention first to Wash- 
ington and Baltimore. 

* Lord Wellington's army embarked on the river Garonne, in France, in sev- 
eral divisions, for the invasion of the United States, amounting, it was said, to sixty 
or seventy thousand men. — Freneau's note. 



342 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

A curse on England's frantic schemes ! 
Both mad and blind — her monarch dreams 
Of crowns and kingdoms in these climes 
Where kings have had their sentence. 

Though Washington has left our coast, 
Yet other Washingtons we boast, 
Who rise, instructed by his ghost, 
To punish all invaders. 

Go where they will, where'er they land, 
This pilfering, plundering, pirate band. 
They liberty will find at hand 
To hurl them to perdition : 

If in Virginia they appear. 
Their fate is fix'd, their doom is near, 
Death in their front and hell their rear — 
So says the gallant buckskin. 

All Carolina is prepared. 
And Charleston doubly on her guard ; 
Where, once, sir Peter badly fared. 
So blasted by fort Moultrie. 

If farther south they turn their views, 
With veteran troops, or veteran crews. 
The curse of heaven their march pursues 
To send them all a-packing : 

•a 

The tallest mast that sails the wave. 
The longest keel its waters lave. 
Will bring them to an early grave 
On the shores of Pensacola. 



l8is] ON THE ENGLISH DEVASTATIONS 343 

ON THE ENGLISH DEVASTATIONS 

AT THE CITY OF WASHINGTON ' 

Their power abused ! that power may soon descend : 
Years, not remote, may see their glory end : — 
The british power, the avaricious crown, 
PuU'd every flag, hurl'd every standard down ; 
Columbian ships they seized on every sea, 
Condemn'd those ships, nor left our sailors free. — 
So long a tyrant on the watery stage. 
They thought to tyrannize through every age ; 
They hoped all commerce to monopolize ; 
Europe, at sea, they affected to despise ; 
They laugh'd at France contending for a share 
Of commerce, one would think, as free as air. 
They captured most, without remorse or plea. 
And grew as proud as arrogance could be. 

Stung by a thousand wrongs, at length arose 
The Western States, these tyrants to oppose ; 
With just resentment, met them "on the main. 
And burnt, or sunk their ships, with hosts of slain. 

The blood ran black from every english heart 
To see their empire from the seas depart. 
To see their flag to thirteen stripes surrender, 
And many an english ship ma^e fire and tinder ; 

' Washington was taken by the British, August 24, 1814. " It was only the 
vandalism of the British soldiers and sailors, incited by Cockburn and ill restrained 
by Ross, that made this incursion at once memorable and infamous. To public 
edifices, having no immediate relation to the war, the torch was applied ; to the un- 
finished Capitol (which contained the library of Congress) ; the President's house, 
the Treasury, — to all the government buildings in fact, except the Patent Office, 
besides numerous private dwellings about Capitol Hill." — Schouler's History of 
the United States. 

" All this was the more shameful because done under strict orders from 
home.'' — Green's History of the English People. 



344 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

They swore, they raged ; they saw, with patience spent, 

Each last engagement had the same event — 

What could they do? revenge inspired their breasts, 

And hell's sensations seized their swelling chests. — 

All to revenge, to Maryland they came, 

And costly works of art assail'd with flame ; 

In Washington they left a dismal void, — 

Poor compensation for their ships destroy'd ! — 

We burn, where guns their frigates poorly guard ; 

They burn, where scarce a gun is seen or heard ! 



ON THE CONFLAGRATIONS AT 
WASHINGTON 

August 24, 1 8 14 

Jam deiphobi dedit ampla ruinam, 

Vulcano superante, domus ; jam proximus ardet 
Ucalegon. — Virgil. 

Now, George the third rules not alone. 
For George the vandal shares the throne, 
True flesh of flesh and bone of bone. 

God save us from the fangs of both ; 
Or, one a vandal, one a goth. 
May roast or boil us into froth. 

Like danes, of old, their fleet they man 

And rove from Beers|;ieba to Dan, 

To burn, and beard us — where they can. 

They say, at George the fourth's command 
This vagrant host were sent, to land 
And leave in every house — a brand. 

An idiot only would require 

Such war — the worst they could desire — 

The felon's war — the war of fire. 



l8l5] ON THE CONFLAGRATIONS AT WASHINGTON 345 

The warfare, now, th' invaders make 
Must surely keep us all awake, 
Or life is lost for freedom's sake. 

They said to Cockburn, ' ' honest Cock ! 
To make a noise and give a shock 
Push off, and burn their navy dock : 

' ' Their capitol shall be emblazed ! 
How will the buckskins stand amazed. 
And curse the day its walls were raised ! " 

Six thousand heroes disembark — 
Each left at night his floating ark 
And Washington was made their mark. 

That few would fight them — few or none — 
Was by their leaders clearly shown — 
And " down," they said, "with Madison! " 

How close they crept along the shore ! 
As closely as if Rodgers saw her — 
A frigate to a seventy -four. 

A veteran host, by veterans led. 

With Ross and Cockburn at their head — 

They came — they saw — they burnt — and fled. 

But not unpunish'd they retired ; 
They something paid, for all they fired. 
In soldiers kill'd, and chiefs expired. 

Five hundred veterans bit the dust. 
Who came, inflamed with lucre's lust — 
And so they waste — and so they must. 

They left our congress naked walls — 
Farewell to towers and capitols ! 
To lofty roofs and splendid halls ! 



346 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

To courtly domes and glittering things, 

To folly, that too near us clings. 

To courtiers who — tis well — had wings. 

Farewell to all but glorious war. 
Which yet shall guard Potomac's shore. 
And honor lost, and fame restore. 

To conquer armies in the field 
Was, once, the surest method held 
To make a hostile country yield. 

The mode is this, now acted on ; 
In conflagrating Washington, 
They held our independence gone ! 

Supposing George's house at Kew 
Were burnt, (as we intend to do,) 
Would that be burning England too? 

Supposing, near the silver Thames 
We laid in ashes their saint James, 
Or Blenheim palace wrapt in flames ; 

Made Hampton Court to fire a prey. 
And meanly, then, to sneak away. 
And never ask them, what's to pay? 

Would that be conquering London town? 
Would that subvert the english throne. 
Or bring the royal system down ? 

With all their glare of guards or guns, 
How would they look like simpletons, 
And not at all the lion's sons ! 

Supposing, then, we take our turn 
And make it public law, to burn, 
Would not old english honor spurn 



i8l5] TO THE LAKE SQUADRONS 347 

At such a mean insidious plan 
Which only suits some savage clan — 
And surely not — the english man ! 

A doctrine has prevail'd too long ; 

A king, they hold, can do no wrong — 

Merely a pitch-fork, without prong : 

But de'il may trust such doctrines, more, — 
One king, that wrong'd us, long before. 
Has wrongs, by hundreds, yet in store. 

He wrong'd us forty years ago ; 
He wrongs us yet, we surely know ; 
He'll wrong us till he gets a blow 

That, with a vengeance, will repay 
The mischiefs we lament this day, 
This burning, damn'd, infernal play ; 

Will send one city to the sky, 

Its buildings low and buildings high. 

And buildings — built the lord knows why ; 

Will give him an eternal check 

That breaks his heart or breaks his neck. 

And plants our standard on Quebec. 



TO THE LAKE SQUADRONS * 

The brilliant task to you assign'd 
Asks every effort of the mind. 
And every energy, combined. 
To crush the foe. 

'This poem refers to the campaign during the late summer of 18 14 against 
the English fleet on Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain. 



348 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Sail where they will, you must be there ; 
Lurk where they can, you will not spare 
The blast of death — but all tRings dare 
To bring them low. 

To wield his thunders on Champlain, 
Macdonough leads his gallant train. 
And, his great object to sustain, 
Vermont unites 

Her hardy youths and veterans bold 
From shelter'd vale and mountain cold, 
Who fought, to guard, in days of old 
Their country's rights. 

That country's wrongs are all your own 
And to the world the word is gone — 
Her independence must to none 
Be sign'd away. 

Be to the nation's standard true, 
To Britain, and to Europe shew 
That you can fight and conquer too, 
And prostrate lay. 

That bitter foe, whose thousands rise 
No more to fight us in disguise. 
But count our freedom for their prize. 
If valor fails : 

Beneath your feet let fear be cast. 
Remember deeds of valor past, 
And nail your colors to the mast 

And spread your sails. 

In all the pride and pomp of war 
Let thunders from the cannon roar. 
And lightnings flash from shore to shore, 
To wing the ball. 



l8is] THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN 349 

Let Huron from his slumbers wake, 
Bid Erie to his centre shake, 
Till, foundering in Ontario's lake. 
You swamp them all ! 



THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN 

September 11, 18 14 

Between the british squadron, of 93 guns and 1050 men, and the 

American fleet of 86 guns and 820 men. The Confiance, of 

39 and the Saratoga, of 26 guns, were the flag ships of 

the two commanders, Downie and Macdonough. 

Parading near saint Peter's flood 
Full fourteen thousand soldiers stood ; 
Allied with natives of the wood, 
With frigates, sloops, and galleys near ; 
Which southward, now, began to steer ; 
Their object was, Ticonderogue. 

Assembled at Missisqui bay 
A feast they held, to hail the day, 
When all should bend to british sway 
From Plattsburg to Ticonderogue. 

And who could tell, if reaching there 
They might not other laurels share 
And England's flag in triumph bear 
To the capitol, at Albany ! ! ! 

Sir George advanced, with fire and sword. 
The frigates were with vengeance stored, 
The strength of Mars was felt on board, — 
When Downie gave the dreadful word. 
Huzza ! for death or victory ! 



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Sir George beheld the prize at stake, 
And, with his veterans, made the attack, 
Macomb's brave legions drove him back ; 
And England's fleet approach'd to meet 
A desperate combat, on the lake. 

With sulphurous clouds the heavens were black ; 
We saw advance the Confiance, 
Shall blood and carnage mark her track, 
To gain dominion on the lake. 

Then on our ships she pour'd her flame, 
And many a tar did kill or maim, 
Who suffer'd for their country's fame. 
Her soil to save, her rights to guard. 

Macdonough, now, began his play. 
And soon his seamen heard him say. 
No Saratoga yields, this day, 

To all the force that Britain sends. 

' ' Disperse, my lads, and man the waist. 
Be firm, and to your stations haste, 
And England from Champlain is chased, 
If you behave as you'll see me." 

The fire began with awful roar ; 
At our first flash the artillery tore 
From his proud stand, their commodore, 
A presage of the victory. 

The skies were hid in flame and smoke, 
Such thunders from the cannon spoke. 
The contest such an aspect took 

As if all nature went to wreck ! 
From isle La Motte to Saranac * 

* A river which rises from several small lakes among the mountains to the 
westward of Lake Champlain, and after a north easterly course of near seventy-five 
miles, enters the grand lake in the vicinity of Plattsburg. — Frenau's note. 



i8is] THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN 35 1 

Amidst his decks, with slaughter strew'd, 
Unmoved, the brave Macdonough stood. 
Or waded through a scene of blood, 
At every step that round him stream 'd : 

He stood amidst Columbia's sons. 
He stood amidst dismounted guns, 
He fought amidst heart-rending groans, 
The tatter'd sail, the tottering mast. 

Then, round about, his ship he wore. 
And charged his guns with vengeance sore. 
And more than Etna shook the shore — 
The foe confess'd the contest vain. 

In vain they fought, in vain they sail'd. 
That day ; for Britain's fortune fail'd. 
And their best efforts nought avail'd 
To hold dominion on Champlain. 

So, down their colors to the deck 

The vanquish'd struck — their ships a wreck — 

What dismal tidings for Quebec, 

What news for England and her prince ! 

For, in this fleet, from England won, 
A favorite project is undone : 
Her sorrows only are begun — 
And she may want, and very soon. 
Her armies for her own defence. 



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POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 



[1809 



A DIALOGUE AT WASHINGTON'S TOMB 

Genius of Virginia — and — Virginia. 

Genius. Who are these that lawless come 

Washington ! too near thy tomb ? — 
Are they those who, long before. 
Came to subjugate this shore ? — 
Are they those whom he repell'd, 
Captured, or imprison'd held ? 
Or the sons of those of old 
Cast in nature's rudest mould, — 
Dear Virginia, can it be? 
What a stain is laid on thee ! 

Virginia. Such a stain as I do swear 

Fills, my swelling heart with care 
How to wash away the stain, 
How to be myself again. 
From my breast the hero rose. 
In my soil his bones repose : 
But this insult to thy shade, 
Washington, shall be repaid. 

Genius. Dear Virginia ! tell me how ? — 
Tell me not, or tell me now. 
Can you wield the bolts of Jove, 
Seize the lightnings from above? 
Tear the mountain from its base 
To confound this hated race. 
Who, with hostile step, presume 
To violate the honor'd tomb 
Of my bravest, noblest son. 
Of th' immortal Washington ! 



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A DIALOGUE AT WASHINGTON'S TOMB 



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Virginia. 



Genius. 



Not the artillery of the sky, 
Not the vengeance from on high 
Did I want, to guard my son, 
I have lightnings of my own ! 
But I wanted 

Wanted what? 



Tell me now, or tell me not. 

Virginia. Men, whom Washington had taught. 
Men of fire, and men of thought, 
All their spirits in a glow, 
Ever ready for the foe ; 
Born to meet the hostile shock. 
Sturdy as the mountain oak — 
Active, steady, on their guard, 
For the scene of death prepared ; 
Such I wanted — say no more ; 
Time, perhaps, may such restore. 

Genius. By the powers that guard this spot, 
Want them longer you shall not, 
I, the patron of your land, 
From this moment take command, 
Kindle flames in every breast, 
Thirst of vengeance for the past ; 
Vengeance, that from shore to shore 
Shall dye your bay with english gore, 
And see them leave their thousands slain. 
If they dare to land again : 
This is all I choose to say — 
Seize your armour — let's away! 



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SIR PETER PETRIFIED 

On the Modern Sir Peter Parker's' Expedition to Kent Island 
in Chesapeake Bay. 

— 1814 — 

Sir Peter came, with bold intent, 
To persecute the men of Kent 

His flag aloft display'd : 
He came to see their pleasant farms, 
But ventured not without his arms 

To talk with man or maid. 

And then the gallant colonel Reed 
Said, " we must see the man indeed ; 

He comes perhaps in want — 
Who knows but that his stores are out : 
Tis hard to dine on mere sour krout, 

His water may be scant." 

He spoke — but soon the men of Kent 
Discover'd what the errand meant, 

And some, discouraged, said, 
" Sir Peter comes to petrify. 
He points his guns, his colors fly. 

His men for war array'd ! " 

' Sir Peter Parker, commander of the British Frigate Mendaus, was prominent 
for a month in the blockading squadron in Chesapeake Bay during the summer 
of 1814. After the burning of Washington he \»as ordered down the bay "but 
Sir Peter said he ' must have a frolic with the yankees before he left them' and 
on the 30th of August after dancing and drinking they proceeded to the sport 
and made a circuitous route to surprise Col. Read encamped in Moore's fields not 
far from Georgetown X Roads on the eastern shore of Maryland. The Colonel 
was fully apprised of their proceedings. . . . The ground was obstinately con- 
tended for nearly an hour when the enemy retreated leaving thirteen killed and 
three wounded on the Beld. It is ascertained that they carried off seventeen others 
among whom was Sir Peter who, with several others, are since dead." — Niles' 
Register. 



I8l53 SIR PETER PETRIFIED 355 

Secure, as if they own'd the land, 
Advanced this daring naval band, 

As if in days of peace ; 
Along the shore they, prowling, went, 
And often ask'd some friends in Kent 

Where dwelt the fattest geese? 

The farmers' geese were doom'd to bleed ; 
But some there were, with colonel Reed, 

Who would not yield assent ; 
And said, before the geese they take, 
Sir Peter must a bargain make 

With us, the boys of Kent. 

The Britons march'd along the shore, 
Two hundred men, or somewhat more ; 

Next, through the woods they stray'd : 
The geese, still watchful, as they went. 
To save the capitol of Kent 

Their every step betray'd. 

The british march'd with loaded gun 
To seize the geese that gabbling run 

About the isle of Kent : 
But, what could hardly be believed. 
Sir Peter was of life bereaved 

Before he pitch'd his tent. 

Some kentish lad, to save the geese. 
And make their noisy gabbling cease 

Had took a deadly aim : 
By kentish hands sir Peter fell. 
His men retreated, with a yell 

And lost both geese and game ! 

Now what I say, I say with grief, 
That such a knight, or such a chief 



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On such an errand died ! ! ! 
When men of worth their lives expose 
For little things, where little grows 
They make the very geese their foes ; 

The geese his fall deride : 

And, sure, they laugh, if laugh they can. 

To see a star and garter' d man 

For life of goose expose his own, 

And bite the dust, with many a groan — 

Alas ! a gander cry'd — 
" Behold, (said he,) a man of fame 
Who all the way from England came 
No more than just to get the name 

Of Peter Petrified ! " 



ON THE DEATH OF GENERAL ROSS' 

Who had the principal command of the english army at the attack upon 
Baltimore, in which he fell, while out with a reconnoitering party. 

Give them the shadow of the cypress bough ! 

The chief who came our prowess to defy. 
Who came, to bind fresh laurels on his brow. 

Who came, too sure to conquer not to die : — 
Low lies the chief upon th' unconscious plain, 
The laurels wither, and no wreathes remain. 

To kindle up your torch, ambition's flame 
Heroic chief, had all its flames supplied ; 

A monarch's smiles, a never-dying name. 

The historian's subject, and the soldier's pride ; 

Your native land with splendid trophies hung ; 

Joy sparkling in the eye, and praise from every tongue. 

■ General Robert Ross, who with Sir George Cockburn had burned Wash- 
ngton, was killed at North Point, Md., Sept. 12, 1814. 



i8l5] ON THE NAVAL ATTACK NEAR BALTIMORE 357 

Deceived how much ! a name alone remains. 
Not yet complete in fame, nor ripe in years ; — 

What is the applause such thirst of glory gains. 
Which not the grave regards or valor hears : 

In war's wild tumult, for a name he died. 

He fell, the victim of a monarch's pride. 

A country's rights, or freedom to defend 

May sooth the anguish of a dying hour, 
A ravaged land to succor or befriend, 

To brave the efforts of a tyrant's power : 
These may console, when mad ambition's train 
Fade from the view, or sooth the soul in vain. 



ON THE NAVAL ATTACK NEAR BALTIMORE ^ 

September 14, 1814 

The sons of old ocean advanced from the bay 

To achieve an exploit of renown ; 
And Cochrane and Cockburn commanded, that day, 
And meant to exhibit a tragical play, 

Call'd, The plunder and burning of Baltimore town. 

The scenes to be acted were not very new. 

And when they approach'd, with their rat-tat-too, 

As merry as times would allow. 
We ran up the colors to liberty true, 
And gave them a shot, with a tow-row-dow. 

By land and by water how many have fail'd 

In attacking an enemy's town. 
But britons they tell us, have always prevail'd 
Wherever they march'd, or wherever they sail'd, 
To honor his majesty's sceptre and crown : 

1 After the burning of Washington the British fleet and army concentrated 
upon Baltimore. Here they met a stubborn resistance and were at length beaten 
off. It was during the bombardment of Fort McHenry near the city that Francis 
Scott Key composed the patriotic song " The Star Spangled Banner." 



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Wherever they went, with the trumpet and drum, 
And the dregs of the world, and the dirt, and the scum. 

As soon as the music begun. 
The colors were struck, and surrender'd the town 
When the summons was given of down, down, down ! 

But fortune, so fickle, is turning her tide. 

And safe is old Baltimore town. 
Though Cockburn and Cochrane, with Ross at their side. 
The sons of Columbia despised and defy'd, 
And determined to batter it down ; 
Rebuff'd and repulsed in disgrace they withdrew. 
With their down, down, down, and their rat-tat-too. 

As well as the times would allow : 
And the sight, we expect, will be not very new 
When they meet us again, with our tow-row-dow. 



ON THE BRITISH BLOCKADE 

And Expected Attack on New York, 1814 

Old Neversink,* with bonnet blue. 
The present times may surely rue 
When told what England means to do : 

Where from the deep his head he rears 
The din of war salutes his ears. 
That teazed him not for thirty years. 

He eastward looks toward the main 
To see a noisy naval train 
Invest his bay, our fleets detain. 

* The highlands, a. little southward of Sandy Hook ; being a tract of bold 
high country, several thousand acres in extent ; to the southward of which there 
is no land that may be termed mountainous, on the whole coast of the United 
States to Cape Florida. The real aboriginal name of this remarkable promontory 
was Navesink, since corrupted into Neversink. — Freneau' s note. 



I8l5] ON THE BRITISH BLOCKADE 359 

What can be done in such a case ? — 
His rugged heights the blast must face, 
The storm that menaces the place. 

With tents I see his mountain spread, 
The soldier to the summit led. 
And cannon planted on his head : 

From Shrewsbury beach to Sandy Hook 
The country has a martial look. 
And quakers skulk in every nook. — 

What shall be done in such a case? — 

We ask again with woful face 

To save the trade and guard the place? 

Where mounted guns the porte secure. 
The cannon at the embrasure, 
Will british fleets attempt to moor? 

Perhaps they may — and make a dash, 
To fill their pockets with our cash — 
Their dealings now are rather harsh. 

They menace to assail the coast 
With such a fleet and such a host 
As may devour us — boil'd or roast. 

Their feelings are alive and sore 
For what they got at Baltimore, 
When, with disgrace, they left the shore, 

And will revenge it, if they can, 

On town and country, maid and man — 

And all they fear is Fulton's plan ; 

Torpedoes planted in the deep. 
Whose blast may put them all to sleep, 
Or ghostify them at a sweep. 



360 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Another scheme, entirely new, 
Is hammering on his anvil too. 
That frightens christian, turk, and jew. 

A frigate,* mounting thirty six ! — 
Who'er with her a quarrel picks 
Will little get but cuffs and kicks : 

A frigate meant to sail by steam ! — 
How can she else but torture them, 
Be proof to all their fire and flame. 

A feast she cooks for England's sons 
Of scalded heads and broken bones 
Discharged from iron hearted guns. 

Black Sam f himself, before he died. 
Such suppers never did provide ; — 
Such dinners roasted, boil'd, and fry'd. 

To make a brief of all I said — 
If to attack they change blockade 
Their godships will be well repaid 

With water, scalding from the pot. 
With melted lead and flaming shot. 
With vollies of — I know not what. 

The british lads will be so treated : 
Their wooden walls will be so heated. 
Their ruin will be soon completed. 

Our citizens shall stare and wonder — 

The Neversink repel their thunder 

And Cockburn miss a handsome plunder. 

* The steam frigate Fulton the First : Qui me percellit morti debetur — who 
strikes at me to death is doomed ! — Freneau's note. 

■f A character well known in New York several years since, remarkable for 
elegance and luxurious refinements in the art of cookery. — idem. 



l8i5] ROYAL CONSULTATIONS 36 1 

ROYAL CONSULTATIONS 

Relative to the Disposal of Lord Wellington's Army 

Said the goth to the vandal, the prince to the king, 
Let us do a mad action, to make the world ring : 
With Wellington's army we now have the means 
To make a bold stroke and exhibit new scenes. 

A stroke at the states is my ardent desire, 
To waste,- and harass them with famine and fire ; 
My vengeance to carry through village and town, 
And even to batter their capitol down. 

The vandal then answer'd, and said to the goth. 
Dear George, with yourself I am equally wroth : 
Of Wellington's army dispose as you please. 
It is best, I presume, they should go be/ond seas ; 
For, should they come home, I can easily show 
The hangman will have too much duty to do. 

So, away came the bruisers, and when they came here 
Some mischief they did, where no army was near : 
They came to correct, and they came to chastise 
And to do all the evil their heads could devise. 

At Washington city, they burnt and destroy'd 
Till among the big houses they made a huge void ; 
Then back to their shipping they flew like the wind, 
But left many more than five hundred behind 
Of wounded and dead, and others say, double ; 
And thus was the hangman excused from some trouble. 

Alexandria beheld them in battle array ; 
Alexandria they plunder'd a night and a day. 
Then quickly retreated, with moderate loss. 
Their forces conducted by Cockburn and Ross. 



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At Baltimore, next, was their place of attack ; 
But Baltimore drove them repeatedly back ; 
There Rodgers they saw, and their terror was such. 
They saw they were damn'd when they saw him approach. 

The forts were assail'd by the strength of their fleet. 
And the forts, in disorder beheld them retreat 
So shatter'd and crippled, so mangled and sore, 
That the tide of Patapsco was red with their gore. 

Their legions by land no better succeeded — 
In vain they manoeuvered, in vain they paraded, 
Their hundreds on hundreds were strew'd on the ground, 
Each shot from the rifles brought death or a wound. 
One shot from a buckskin completed their loss. 
And their legions no longer were headed by Ross ! 

Where they mean to go next, we can hardly devise. 
But home they would go if their master was wise. 

Yet folly so long has directed their course ; 
Such madness is seen in the waste of their force. 
Such weakness and folly, with malice combined, 
Such rancor, revenge, and derangement of mind. 
That, all things consider'd, with truth we may say. 
Both Cochrane and Cockburn are running away.* 

To their regent, the prince, to their master the king 
They are now on the way, they are now on the wing. 
To tell them the story of loss and disaster. 
One begging a pension, the other a plaister. 
Let them speed as they may, to us it is plain 
They will patch up their hulks for another campaign. 
Their valor to prove, and their havoc to spread 
When Wellington's army is missing or dead. 

* About this time, September, 1814, the admirals Cochrane and Cockburn 
quitted the coast of the United States in their respective flag ships. — Freneau's 
note. 



l8l5] ON THE LOSS OF THE PRIVATEER BRIGANTINE 363 



ON THE LOSS OF THE PRIVATEER 
BRIGANTINE 

GENERAL ARMSTRONG 

Captain Samuel C. Reid, of New- York, which sailed from Sandy Hook, 
on a cruise, the ninth of September, 18 14, and on the 26th came to 
anchor in the road of Fayal, one of the Azores, or Western Islands, 
a neutral port belonging to the crown of Portugal. She an- 
chored in that port for the purpose of procuring a supply 
of fresh water, when she was attacked by the british ship 
of war Plantaganet, of 74 guns, capt. Lloyd ; the Rota 
frigate of 36 guns, and the armed national brig Car- 
nation, of 1 8 guns, and many barges of consider- 
able force, all of which she repulsed, with an 
immense slaughter, and was then scuttled 
and sunk by order of Captain Reid, 
to prevent her falling into the 
hands of the enemy. 

The Armstrong arrived in the port of Fayal, 
And her actions of valor we mean to recall ; 
Brave Reid, her commander, his valorous crew. 
The heroes that aided, his officers, too. 

Shall it fall to their lot 

To be basely forgot? 
O no ! while a bard has a pen to command 
Their fame shall resound through american land. 

In the road of Fayal, when their anchors were cast, 
The british were watching to give them a blast ; 
Not far from the port, for destruction sharp set. 
Lay the Rota, Carnation, and Plantagenet : 

With a ship of the line 

Did a frigate combine. 
And a brig of great force, with her boats in the rear. 
To capture or burn one New-York privateer ! 



364 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Four boats from the brig were despatch'd in great haste, 
And onward they came, of the Armstrong to taste ; 
To taste of her powder, to taste of her ball. 
To taste of the death she must hurl on them all ! — 

They came in great speed. 

And with courage, indeed. 
Well mann'd and well arm'd — so they got along side, 
Destruction their motto, damnation their guide. 

Now the Armstrong, with vengeance, had open'd her fire. 
And gave them as much as they well could desire ; 
A score of them fell — full twenty fell dead — 
Then quarters ! they cried, and disgracefully fled : — 

To their ships they return'd 

Half shatter'd and burn'd — 
Not quite in good humor, perhaps in a fret. 
And waited new orders from Plantagenet. 

Then the Armstrong haul'd in, close abreast of the beach. 
So near, that a pistol the castle could reach ; 
And there she awaited the rest of their plan, 
And there they determined to die, to a man. 

Ere the lords of the waves 

With their sorrowful slaves. 
The tyrants, who claim the command of the main. 
With strength, though superior, their purpose should 
gain. 

And now the full moon had ascended the sky, 
Reid saw by her light that the british were nigh : 
The bell of Fayal told the hour — it was nine — 
When the foe was observed to advance in a line ; 

They manoeuvred a while 

With their brig, in great style. 
Till midnight approach'd when they made their attack, 
Twelve boats, full of men, and the brig at their back ! 



l8l5] ON THE LOSS OF THE PRIVATEER BRIGANTINE 365 

They advanced to the conflict as near as they chose, 
When the Armstrong her cannon discharged on her 

foes — 
The town of Fayal stood aghast in amaze 
The Armstrong appear' d like all hell in a blaze ! 

At the blast of Long Tom 

The foe was struck dumb : 

lord ! are the sons of old England alarm'd — 
With music like this they were formerly charm'd ! 

Huzza for old England ! three cheers, and a damn ! 

And up to the conflict they manfully came ; 

On the boAvs and the quarters they grappled a hold, 

And board ! was the word in those barges so bold ; 

But board they could not — to no devil she strikes. 

So the Armstrong repell'd them with pistols and pikes — 

From her musquetry fire 

They by dozens expire ! 
And soon was the work of destruction complete. 
And soon was determined their total defeat — ! 

Three hundred brave fellows were wounded and kill'd. 
Their boats and their barges with slaughter were fill'd ; 
With shame they retreated, the few that remain'd, 
To tell the event of the battle — not gain'd : 

Their commander in chief 

Was astounded with grief ! — 
Dont grieve, my good fellows — he hail'd them — I beg 

1 too have my wounds — "an ox trod on my leg ! " 

But to save the stout Armstrong — even Reid could not 

do — 
A ship of the line with a frigate in tow — ! 
A brig of their navy accoutred for war — ! 
All this was too much for e'en yankees to dare : 

So he scuttled his barque — 

Nor need we remark 



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That she sunk on the sands by the beach of Fayal 
With her colors all flying — no colors could fall ! 

Of neutrals what nonsense some tell us each day ! 
Exists there a neutral where Britain has sway ? 
The rights of a neutral ! — away with such stuff — 
What neutral remains that can England rebuff? — 

To be safe from disgrace 

The deep seas are our place : 
The flag of no neutral our flag can defend, 
By ourselves we must fight, on ourselves must depend. 

Now in bumpers of reason, success to brave Reid ! 
Himself and his heroes are heroes indeed ! — 
In conquests, like this, can an englishman glory. 
One traitor among us, one Halifax tory ? 

If they can — let them brag — 

Here's success to our flag ! 
May it ever be ready, the britons to maul, 
As the Armstrong behaved in the road of Fayal. — 



ON THE BRIGANTINE PRIVATEER 

Prince de NeufchateP 

Ordonneaux, commander, which arrived at Boston some time since, 

from a cruise of three months, chiefly in the enghsh and Irish 

channels, in which she captured thirteen or fourteen 

valuable prizes, to the amount, it was said, 

of more than a million of dollars. 

Quid petis hie est. — Martial. 

What is wealth, that men will roam, 
Risque their all, and leave their home, 
Face the cannon, beat the drum. 
And their lives so cheaply sell ! 

• Of the numerous vessels fitted out during the war by private parties to prey 
on British commerce the Prince de Neufchatel was doubtless the most successfal. 



l8lS] ON THE BRIGANTINE PRIVATEER 367 

Let them reason on the fact 
Who would rather think than act — 
Their brains were not with morals rack'd 
Who mann'd the prince of Neufchatel. 

Having play'd a lucky game, 
Homeward, with her treasure, came 
This privateer of gallant fame, 
Call'd the prince of Neufchatel. 

Are the english cruisers near? 
Do they on the coast appear 
To molest this privateer? — ■ 
— She shall be defended well. 

Soon a frigate hove in sight : — 
As the wind was rather light, 
She, five barges, out of spite. 

Sent, to attack, with gun and blade. 

On our decks stood rugged men. 
Little more than three times ten ; 
And I tremble, while my pen 
Tells the havoc that was made. 

Up they came, with colors red. 
One a stern, and one a head — 
Shall I tell you what they said ? — 
Yankees ! strike the buntin rag ! 

Three were ranged on either side — 
Then the ports were open'd wide. 
And the sea with blood was dyed ; 
Ruin to the english flag ! 

Now the angry cannons roar. 
Now they hurl the storm of war, 
Now in floods of human gore 
Swam the prince of Neufchatel ! 



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Then the captain, Ordonneaux, 
Seconded the seaman's blow, 
And the remnant of the foe 
Own'd the brig defended well. 

For the million she contain'd 
He contended, sword in hand, 
FoUow'd by as brave a band 
Of tars, as ever, trod a deck. 

In these bloody barges, five, 
Scarce a man was left alive. 
And about the seas they drive ; 

Some were sunk, and some a wreck. 

Every effort that they made 
With boarding pike, or carronade. 
Every effort was repaid, 
Scarcely with a parallel ! 

Fortune, thus, upon the wave, 
Crown'd the valor of the brave : — 
Little lost, and much to save. 
Had the prince of Neufchatel. 



THE PARADE AND SHAM-FIGHT 

A Pine Forest Picture — on a Training Day. 

Invictaque bello 

Dextera ! non illi se qulsquam impune tulisset 
Obvius armato J^^'g'- 

The drum was beat, the flag display'd, 
The soldiers met upon parade. 
And all for action ready made 
With loud huzza! 



i8iS] THE PARADE AND SHAM-FIGHT 369 

When forth a stately figure strode, 
Of stature such, of such a mode, 
As those who lived before the flood, 
If stufE'd with straw. 

His vigor seem'd by years unbroke ; 
But then his phiz had such a look. 
As if preserved in Etna's smoke 
For half an age. 

God help us all to look our best ! 
This man was captain of the rest. 
And valor seem'd to fire his breast 
With martial rage. 

His horse was of an iron grey ; 
(A prancing steed he rode that day,) 
Not of the bold virginian breed. 
Nor yet remote from Quixote's steed. 

This chief was of the bullet mould ; 
To meet the conflict, firm and bold. 
His coat was patch'd, his boots new soal'd. 
Ham stufE'd his maw : 

Two pounds of powder fiU'd his horn, 
His pantaloons were old and worn, 
A cap and hat his head adorn — 
The chapeau bras. 

With vengeance heated, long in store. 
He sallied forth, a man of war ; 
And all that meet him, pray take care 
Of rusty pikes. 

He had no helmet for the head. 
But death and ruin near him tread, 
And slaughter, in a suit of red. 
That deadly strikes. 
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A blanket from his shoulders hung, 
Three dollars in his pockets rung, 
And to his thigh a faulchion clung. 
That made us quake : 

A veteran in the fighting trade ! 
The owner of so keen a blade ! 
Do not provoke him, man or maid. 
For mercy's sake. 

O could you but one furlong ride 
With such a faulchion at your side. 
Your bosom would for glory beat 
And show Napoleon all complete ! 

Two pistols, to his girdle tied. 
Foreboded vengeance, far and wide, 
To all that were not on our side. 
With heart and hand. 

Accoutred thus, with martial air. 
He gave the warning word, " Take care ! " 
And, in a moment, all was war, 
Sublime and grand. 

They march'd, and march'd, as thick as bees, 
Then march'd towards a clump of trees ; 
And " blaze away ! " the leader says — 
' ' Each take his aim ! 

" Who wounds a tree can kill a man — 
" If you but practise on that plan, 
' ' The britons shall go home again 
With grief and shame ! " 

Not Philip's famed, unrivall'd son. 
For Greece subdued, or India won. 
Not Cockburn, burning Washington, 
Look'd so elate : 



l8l5] THE PARADE AND SHAM-FIGHT 371 

Not Bonaparte, on Egypt's sands 
With such importance gave commands, 
With such discretion train'd his bands, 
Assumed such state ! 

Not Caesar, when he pass'd the Rhine, 
Not Marlborough leading up his line, 
Not Perry, when he said, "they're mine! " 
Put on such airs ; — 

As now were shown to front and rear 
When victory seem'd to hover near. 
Indeed not purchased very dear — 
No wounds nor scars. 

Departing from the norman shore, 
Not William such a feature wore 
When England hail'd him conqueror. 
With loud acclaim : 

Not Fulton, when his steam he try'd 
And Neptune's car stemm'd Hudson's tide 
Felt such a generous glow of pride 
For well earn'd fame. 

That day Cornwallis met his fate. 
Not Washington felt half so great 
When tow'rd him flew the gallic fleet 
To share his smile : 

Not conquest had for Gates such charms 
When, yielding to the victor's arms. 
He bade Burgoyne resign his arms. 
In soldier's style. 

Not Ajax' self, with such a grace 
Gave orders to attack a place ; 
Not Hannibal with bolder face 
Approach'd old Rome, — 



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When marching for the Tiber shore, 
He yet his alpine jacket wore, 
And hoped to sweep the senate floor, 
And fix their doom : 

Not Parker,* when he cross'd the bar 
Of Charleston with his men of war. 
Was, near fort Moultrie, half so sure 
Of victory gain'd : 

Not Parker, when departing thence 
So shatter'd — at the king's expense — 
Was so provoked at the defence, 
Felt so chagrined. 

As did our chief (no captain Brag) 
When he perceiv'd some worthless wag 
Had stolen away the brandy keg — 
Ah ! loss indeed ! 

For this, he swore he would resign. 
All future trust in man decline ; 
Of whom, at least, there was one swine. 
They all agreed — 

And cry'd " like hell his heart is black — 
Pursue him, boys, and scent his track, 
If drunk or dead, we'll have him back, 
This man of scum !" 

Each took his mark, and hit a tree ; 
The battle's done ! — all sober, we ; 
Huzza ! we have the victory ! 
Then scamper'd home ! 

* Sir Peter Parker, it is well remembered, attacked fort Moultrie, on Sullivan's 
Island, in 1776, and after a sanguinary action, was repulsed with great loss. — 
Freneau's note. 



l8l5] RETALIATION 373 

RETALIATION 

A Marine Ode — 1814 

' ' Ye powers who rule the western gale 
Not for the golden fleece we sail, 
Nor yet on wild ambition's plan, 
But vengeance gathers man with man. 

For wrongs which wearied patience bore, 
For slighted rules of legal war. 
We rear our flag, our sails display. 
And east north east explore our way. 

Let some assert, ten thousand pounds 
Would place our fleet on british grounds, 
And urge us onward to saint James 
To wrap his palaces in flames. 

A motive of so mean a cast 
Allures no mind, excites no breast ; 
From such reward we loathing turn 
And would at such a proffer spurn. 

No — to retaliate on the foe, 
Free-will'd, we independent go. 
Our ship well mann'd, in war's attire. 
To light the skies with english fire. 

November comes ! tis time to sail, 
The nights are long and brisk the gale. 
And England, soon, the odds may prove 
Between our hatred and our love." 



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ON THE LAUNCHING 

Of the Seventy-four Gun Ship Independence,"^ at Charlestown, near 

Boston 

Our trade to restore as it stood once before 
We have launched a new ship from the stocks, 

Her rate is our first, and her force will, we trust. 
Be sufficient to humble the hawks ; 

The hawks of old England we mean, don't mistake, 
Some harpies of England our prizes we'll make. 

Independence her name, independent our minds, 

And prepared for the toils of the sea, 
We are ready to combat the waves and the winds, 

And fight till the ocean is free : 
Then, away to your stations, each man on our list 
Who, when danger approaches, will never be miss'd. 

In asserting our rights we have rather been slow 

And patient till patience was tired ; 
We were plunder'd and press'd ere we ventur'd a blow 

Till the world at our patience admired. 
And language was held, of contempt and disgrace. 
And Europe mis-call'd us a pitiful race. 

Twas time to arise in the strength of our might 

When Madison publish'd the war. 
And many have thought that he would have been right 

Had he published it three years before ; 
While France was unpester'd with traitors and knaves, 
Nor Europe polluted with Wellington's slaves. 

To arm for our country is never too late, 
No fetters are yet on our feet ; 

' The Independence was one of the four 74-gun frigates authorized by Con- 
gress at the opening of the war. It was launched late in 1814, too late to play 
any part in the war. 



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Our hands are more free, and our hearts are as great 

As the best in the enemy's fleet : 
And look at the list of their navy, and think, 
How many are left, to burn, capture, and sink ! 

Let the nations of Europe surrender the sea. 

Or crouch at the foot of a throne ; 
In liberty's soil we have planted her tree, 
And her rights will relinquish to none : 
Then stand to your arms, 
Then stand to your arms. 
Then stand to your arms — half the battle is done ! 
And bravely accomplish what valor begun. 

The day is approaching, a day not remote, 

A day with impatience we hail, 
When Decatur and Hull shall again be afloat. 

And Bainbridge commission'd to sail ; 
To raise his blockades, will advance on the foe, 
And bulwark with Bull to the bottom shall go. 

On the waves of Lake Erie we show'd the old brag 

We, too, could advance in a line. 
And batter their frigates and humble their flag ; 

" I have met them," said Perry, "they're mine! " 
And so, my dear boys, we can meet them again 
On the waves of the sea, or the waves of Champlain. 

To the new Independence then, pour out a glass, 

And drink, with the sense of a man : 
She soon will be ready, this pride of her class, 

Sir Thomas * to meet on his plan : 
He hates our torpedoes — then teaze him no more. 
Let him venture his luck with our Seventy-four. 
Then stand to your arms, you shall ne'er be enslav'd, 
Let the battle go on till the nation is saved ! 

* Sir Thomas Hardy, of the Ramillies 74. — Freneau's note. 



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THE BROOK OF THE VALLEY 

The world has wrangled half an age, 
And we again in war engage, 
While this sweet, sequester'd rill 
Murmurs through the valley still. 

All pacific as you seem : 
Such a gay elysian stream ; — 
Were you always thus at rest 
How the valley would be blest. 

But, if always thus at rest ; 
This would not be for the best : 
In one summer you would die 
And leave the valley parch'd and dry. 

Tell me, where your waters go. 
Purling as they downward flow? 
Stagnant, now, and now a fall? — 
To the gulph that swallows all. 

Flowing, peaceful, from your urn 
Are your waters to return ? — 
Though the same you may appear. 
You're not the same we saw last year. 

Not a drop of that remains — 
Gone to visit other plains. 
Gone, to stray through other woods. 
Gone, to join the ocean floods ! 

Yes — they may return once more 
To visit scenes they knew before ; — 
Yonder sun, to cheer the vale 
From the ocean can exhale 



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Vapors, that your waste supply, 
Turn'd to rain from yonder sky ; 
Moisture, vapors, to revive 
And keep your margin all alive. 

But, with all your quiet flow. 
Do you not some quarrels know ! 
Lately, angry, how you ran ! 
All at war — and much like man. 

When the shower of waters fell, 
How you raged, and what a swell ! 
All your banks you overflow'd. 
Scarcely knew your own abode ! 

How you battled with the rock ! 
Gave my willow such a shock 
As to menace, by its fall, 
Underwood and bushes, all : 

Now you are again at peace : 
Time will come when that will cease ; 
Such the human passions are ; 
— You again will war declare. 

Emblem, thou, of restless man ; 
What a sketch of nature's plan ! 
Now at peace, and now at war. 
Now you murmur, now you roar ; 

Muddy now, and limpid next, 
Now with icy shackles vext — 
What a likeness here we find ! 
What a picture of mankind ! 



APPENDIX 

A. The American Village, &c. 

B. List of Omitted Poems. 

C. Bibliography of the Poetry of Philip Freneau. 



THE AMERICAN VILLAGE.' 

Where yonder stream divides the fertile plain, 
Made fertile by the labours of the swain ; 
And hills and woods high tow'ring o'er the rest, 
Behold a village with fair plenty blest : 
Each year tall harvests crown the happy field ; 
Each year the meads their stores of fragrance yield, 
And ev'ry joy and ev'ry bliss is there. 
And healthful labour crowns the flowing year. 

Though Goldsmith weeps in melancholy strains, 
Deserted Auburn and forsaken plains. 
And mourns his village with a patriot sigh. 
And in that village sees Britannia die : 
Yet shall this land with rising pomp divine. 
In it's own splendor and Britannia's shine. 
O muse, forget to paint her ancient woes, 
Her Indian battles, or her Gallic foes ; 
Resume the pleasures of the rural scene. 
Describe the village rising on the green. 
It's harmless people, born to small command, 
Lost in the bosom of this western land : 

So shall my verse run gentle as the floods. 
So answer all ye hills, and echo all ye woods ; 
So glide ye streams in hollow channels pent, 
Forever wasting, yet not ever spent. 

' "The American Village," Freneau's first distinct poetical publication, was 
for many years known only from his description of it in a letter to Madison (see 
Vol. I, page xxii, supra). It was supposed to have been lost, until a copy was 
discovered in a volume of miscellaneous pamphlets which had been purchased by 
the Library of Congress in November, 1902. A second copy, still more recently 
discovered, is now in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. I 
have reproduced the entire text of this little volume with the original punctuation 
and spelling, using however the modern form of the "s", and correcting the 
errata noted by the author. 

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Ye clust'ring boughs by hoary thickets borne ! 

Ye fields high waving with eternal corn ! 

Ye woodland nymphs the tender tale rehearse, 

The fabled authors of immortal verse : 

Ye Dryads fair, attend the scene I love, 

And Heav'n shall centre in yon' blooming grove. 

What tho' thy woods, America, contain 

The howling forest', and the tiger's den. 

The dang'rous serpent, and the beast of prey, 

Men are more fierce, more terrible than they. 

No monster with it's vile contagious breath. 

No flying scorpion darting instant death ; 

No pois'nous adder, burning to engage. 

Has half the venom or has half the rage. 

What tho' the Turk protests to heav'n his ire. 

With lift up hand amidst his realms of fire ; 

And Russia's Empress sends her fleets afar. 

To aid the havock of the burning war : 

Their rage dismays not, and their arms in vain. 

In dreadful fury bathe with blood the plain ; 

Their terrors harmless, tho' their story heard. 

How this one conquer'd, or was nobly spar'd : 

Vain is their rage, to us their anger vain, 

The deep Atlantic raves and roars between. 

To yonder village then will I descend. 
There spend my days, and there my ev'nings spend ; 
Sweet haunt of peace whose mud' wall'd sides delight, 
The rural mind beyond the city bright : 
Their tops with hazles or with alders wove, 
Remurrtiur magic to the neighb'ring grove ; 
And each one lab'ring in his own employ. 
Comes weary home at night, but comes with joy : 
The soil which lay for many thousand years 
O'er run by woods, by thickets and by bears ; 



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Now reft of trees, admits the chearful light, 

And leaves long prospects to the piercing sight ; 

Where once the lynx nocturnal sallies made, 

And the tall chestnut cast a dreadful shade : 

No more the panther stalks his bloody rounds. 

Nor bird of night her hateful note resounds ; 

Nor howling wolves roar to the rising moon, 

As pale arose she o'er yon eastern down. 

Some prune their trees, a larger load to bear 

Of fruits nectarine blooming once a year : 

See groaning waggons to the village come 

Fill'd with the apple, apricot or plumb ; 

And heavy beams suspended from a tree. 

To press their juice against the winter's day : 

Or see the plough torn through the new made field, 

Ordain'd a harvest, yet unknown to yield. 

The rising barn whose spacious floor receives 

The welcome thousands of the wheaten sheaves, 

And spreads it's arms to take the plenteous store. 

Sufficient for its master and the poor : 

For as Eumoeus us'd his beggar guest 

The great Ulysses in his tatters drest : 

So here fair Charity puts forth her hand. 

And pours her blessings o'er the greatful land : 

No needy wretch the rage of winter fears. 

Secure he sits and spends his aged years. 

With thankful heart to gen'rous souls and kind. 

That save him from the winter and the wind. 

A LOVELY island once adorn 'd the sea. 
Between New-Albion and the Mexic' Bay ; 
Whose sandy sides washed by the ocean wave. 
Scarce heard a murmur but what ocean gave : 
Small it's circumference, nor high it's coast, 
But shady woods the happy isle could boast ; 



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On ev'ry side new prospects catch'd the eye, 

There rose blue mountains to the arched sky : 

Here thunder'd ocean in convulsive throws, 

And dash'd the island as it's waters rose : 

Yet peaceful all within, no tumults there. 

But fearless steps of the unhunted hare ; 

And nightly chauntings of the fearless dove, 

Or blackbird's note, the harbinger of love. 

So peaceful was this haunt that nature gave. 

Still as the stars, and silent as the grave ; 

No loud applause there rais'd the patriot breast, 

No shouting armies their mad joy confest. 

For battles gain'd, or trophies nobly won, 

Or nations conquer'd near the rising sun ; 

No clam'rous crews, or wild nocturnal cheer, 

Or murd'rous ruffians, for no men were here. 

On it's east end a grove of oak was seen. 

And shrubby hazels fill'd the space between ; 

Dry alders too, and aspin leaves that shook 

With ev'ry wind, conspired to shade a brook, 

Whose gentle stream just bubbling from the ground, 

Was quickly in the Salter ocean drown'd : 

Beyond whose fount, the center of the isle, 

Wild plumb trees flourish'd on the shaded soil. 

In the dark bosom of this sacred wood, 

Secluded from the world, and all it's own. 

Of other lands unknowing, and unknown. 

Here might the hunter have destroy'd his prey, 

Transfix'd the goat before the dawn of day ; 

And trudging homeward with his welcome load, 

The fruit of wand'rings thro' each by-way road : 

Thrown down his burthen with the needless sigh, 

And gladly feasted his small family. 

Small fields had then suffic'd, and grateful they. 

The annual labours of his hands to pay ; 



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And free his right to search the briny flood 
For fish, or slay the creatures of the wood. 

Thus spent his days in labour's pleasant pain, 
Had liv'd and dy'd the homely shepherd swain : 
Had seen his children and his children's heirs. 
The fruit of love and memory of years 
To agriculture's first fair service bent, 
The work of mortals, and their great intent. 
So had the Sire his days of pleasure known, 
And wish'd to change no country for his own : 
So had he with his fair endearing wife, 
Pass'd the slow circle of a harmless life ; 
With happy ignorance divinely blest. 
The path, the centre and the home of rest. 
Long might the sun have run his bright career. 
And long the moon her mantled visage rear ; 
And long the stars their nightly vigils kept. 
And spheres harmonious either sung or wept : 
He had not dream'd of worlds besides his own, 
And thought them only stars, beyond the moon ; 
Enjoy'd himself, nor hear'd of future hell. 
Or heav'n, the recompence of doing well ; 
Had scarcely thought of an eternal state. 
And left his being in the hands of fate. — 
O had this isle such souls sublime contain'd. 
And there for ages future sons remain'd : 
But envious time conspiring with the sea, 
Wash'd all it's landscapes, and it's groves away. 
It's trees declining, stretch'd upon the sand, 
No more their shadows throw across the land. 
It's vines no more their clust'ring beauty show. 
Nor sturdy oaks embrace the mountain's brow. 
Bare sands alone now overwhelm the coast. 
Lost in it's grandeur, and it's beauty lost. 

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Thus, tho' my fav'rite isle to ruin gone, 
Inspires my sorrow, and demands my moan ; 
Yet this wide land it's place can well supply 
With landscapes, hills and grassy mountains high. 
O Hudson! thy fair flood shall be my theme. 
Thy winding river, or thy glassy stream ; 
On whose tall banks tremendous rocks I spy. 
Dread nature in primaeval majesty. 
Rocks, to whose summits clouds eternal cling. 
Or clust'ring birds in their wild wood notes sing. 
Hills, from whose sides the mountain echo roars. 
Rebounding dreadful from the distant shores ; 
Or vallies, where refreshing breezes blow. 
And rustic huts in fair confusion grow, 
Safe from the winds, secur'd by mountains high. 
That seem to hide the concave of the sky ; 
To whose top oft* the curious hind ascends. 
And wonders where the arch'd horizon bends ; 
Pleas'd with the distant prospects rising new, 
And hills o'er hills, a never ending view. 
Through various paths with hasty step he scours. 
And breathes the odours of surrounding flow'rs. 
Caught from their bosoms by the fragrant breath, 
Of western breezes, or the gale of death.* 
Then low descending, seeks the humble dome. 
And centres all his pleasures in his home, 
'Till day returning, brings the welcome toil. 
To clear the forest, or to tame the soil ; 
To burn the woods, or catch the tim'rous deer, 
To scour the thicket, or contrive the snare. 

Such was the life our great fore-fathers led. 
The golden season now from Britain fled. 
E'er since dread commerce stretch'd the nimble sail. 
And sent her wealth with ev'ry foreign gale. — 

* South wind. — Freneau's note. 



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Strange fate, but yet to ev'ry country known, 

To love all other riches but it's own. 

Thus fell the mistress of the conquer'd earth, 

Great Rome, who owed to Romulus her birth. 

Fell to the monster Luxury, a prey. 

Who forc'd a hundred nations to obey. 

She whom nor mighty Carthage could withstand, 

Nor strong Judea's once thrice holy land : 

She all the west, and Britain could subdue, 

While vict'ry with the Roman eagles flew ; 

She, she herself eternal years deny'd. 

Like Rome she conquer'd, but by Rome she dy'd : 

But if America, by this decay. 

The world itself must fall as well as she. 

No other regions latent yet remain. 

This spacious globe has been research'd in vain. 

Round it's whole circle oft' have navies gone, 

And found but sea or lands already known. 

When she has seen her empires, cities, kings. 

Time must begin to flap his weary wings ; 

The earth itself to brighter days aspire, 

And wish to feel the purifying fire. 

Nor think this mighty land of old contain'd 
The plund'ring wretch, or man of bloody mind : 
Renowned Sachems once their empires rais'd 
On wholesome laws ; and sacrifices blaz'd. 
The gen'rous soul inspir'd the honest breast. 
And to be free, was doubly to be blest : 
'Till the east winds did here Columbus blow. 
And wond'ring nations saw his canvas flow. 
'Till here Cabot descended on the strand. 
And hail'd the beauties of the unknown land ; 
And rav'nous nations with industrious toil, 
Conspir'd to rob them of their native soil : 



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Then bloody wars, and death and rage arose, 

And ev'ry tribe resolv'd to be our foes. 

Full many a feat of them I could rehearse, 

And actions worthy of immortal verse : 

Deeds ever glorious to the Indian name. 

And fit to rival Greek or Roman fame. 

But one sad story shall my Muse relate, 

Full of paternal love, and full of fate ; 

Which when ev'n yet the northern shepherd hears, 

It swells his breast, and bathes his face in tears. 

Prompts the deep groan, and lifts the heaving sigh. 

Or brings soft torrents from the female eye. 

Far in the arctic skies, where Hudson's Bay 
Rolls it's cold wave and combats with the sea, 
A dreary region lifts it's dismal head. 
True sister to the regions of the dead. 
Here thund'ring storms continue half the year. 
Or deep-laid snows their joyless visage rear : 
Eternal rocks, from whose prodigious steep 
The angry tiger stuns the neighb'ring deep ; 
While through the wild wood, or the shrouded plain, 
The moose deer seeks his food, but often seeks in vain : 
Yet in this land, froze by inclement skies. 
The Indian huts in wild succession rise ; 
And daily hunting, when the short-liv'd spring 
Shoots joyous forth, th' industrious people bring 
Their beaver spoils beneath another sky. 
Port Nelson, and each British factory : 
In slender boats from distant lands they sail. 
Their small masts bending to the inland gale. 
On traffic sent to gain the little store. 
Which keeps th?m plenteous, tho' it keeps them poor. 
Hither Caffraro in his flighty boat, 
One hapless spring his furry riches brought ; 



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And with him came, for sail'd he not alone, 

His consort Colma, and his little son. 

While yet from land o'er the deep wave he plough'd, 

And tow'rds the shore with manly prowess row'd. 

His barque unfaithful to it's trusted freight. 

Sprung the large leak, the messenger of fate ; 

But no lament or female cry was heard. 

Each for their fate most manfully prepar'd. 

From bubbling waves to send the parting breath 

To lands of shadows, and the shade of death. 

O Fate ! unworthy such a tender train, 

O day, lamented by the Indian swain ! 

Full oft' of it the strippling youth shall hear. 

And sadly mourn their fortune with a tear : 

The Indian maids full oft' the tale attend. 

And mourn their Colma as they'd mourn a friend. 

Now while in waves the barque demerg'd, they strive. 

Dead with despair, tho' nature yet alive : 

Forth from the shore a friendly brother flew. 

In one small boat, to save the drowning crew. 

He came, but in his barque of trifling freight. 

Could save but two, and one must yield to fate. 

O dear Caffraro, said the hapless wife, 

O save our son, and save thy dearer life : 

'Tis thou canst teach him how to hunt the doe, 

Transfix the buck, or tread the mountain snow, 

Let me the sentence of my fate receive. 

And to thy care my tender infant leave. 

He sigh'd, nor answer'd, but as firm as death, 

Resolv'd to save her with his latest breath : 

And as suspended by the barque's low side, 

He rais'd the infant from the chilling tide, 

And plac'd it safe ; he forc'd his Colma too 

To save herself, what more could mortal do? 



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But nobly scorning life, she rais'd her head 
From the flush'd wave, and thus divinely said : 

Of life regardless, I to fate resign, 
But thou, Caffraro, art forever mine. 
O let thy arms no future bride embrace, 
Remember Colma, and her beauteous face. 
Which won thee youthful in thy gayest pride. 
With captives, trophies, victors at thy side ; 
Now I shall quick to blooming regions fly, 
A spring eternal, and a nightless sky, 
Far to the west, where radiant Sol descends. 
And wonders where the arch'd horizon ends : 
There shall my soul thy lov'd idea keep, 
And 'till thy image comes, unceasing weep. 
There, tho' the tiger is but all a shade. 
And mighty panthers but the name they had ; 
And proudest hills, and lofty mountains there. 
Light as the wind, and yielding as the air ; 
Yet shall our souls their ancient feelings have. 
More strong, more noble than this side the grave. 
There lovely blossoms blow throughout the year. 
And airy harvests rise without our care : 
And all our sires and mighty ancestors, 
Renown'd for battles and successful wars. 
Behold their sons in fair succession rise, 
And hail them happy to serener skies. 
There shall I see thee too, and see with joy 
Thy future charge, my much lov'd Indian boy : 
The thoughtless infant, whom with tears I see, 
Once sought my breast, or hung upon my knee ; 
Tell him, ah tell him, when in manly years. 
His dauntless mind, nor death nor danger fears. 
Tell him, ah tell him, how thy Colma dy'd. 
His fondest mother, and thy youthful bride : 



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Point to my tomb thro' yonder furzy glade, 

And show where thou thy much lov'd COLMA laid. 

O may I soon thy blest resemblance see, 

And my sweet infant all reviv'd in thee. 

'Till then I'll haunt the bow'r or lonely shade, 

Or airy hills for contemplation made. 

And think I see thee in each ghostly shoal. 

And think I clasp thee to my weary soul. 

Oft, oft thy form to my expecting eye, 

Shall come in dreams with gentle majesty ; 

Then shall I joy to find my bliss began 

To love an angel, whom I lov'd a man ! 

She said, and downward in the hoary deep 

Plung'd her fair form to everlasting sleep ; 

Her parting soul it's latest struggle gave. 

And her last breath came bubbling thro' the wave. 

Then sad Caffraro all his grief declares, 
And swells the torrent of the gulph with tears ; 
And senseless stupid to the shore is borne 
In death-like slumbers, 'till the rising morn. 
Then sorrowing, to the sea his course he bent 
Full sad, but knew not for what cause he went, 
'Till, sight distressing, from the lonely strand. 
He saw dead Colma wafting to the land. 
Then in a stupid agony of pray'r. 
He rent his mantle, and he tore his hair ; 
Sigh'd to the stars, and shook his honour'd head, 
And only wish'd a place among the dead ! 
O had the winds been sensible of grief. 
Or whisp'ring angels come to his relief ; 
Then had the rocks not echo'd to his pain. 
Nor hollow mountains answer'd him again : 
Then had the floods their peaceful courses kept. 
Nor the sad pine in all it's murmurs wept ; 



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Nor pensive deer stray'd through the lonely grove, 
Nor sadly wept the sympathising dove. — 
Thus far'd the sire through his long days of pain, 
Or with his offspring rov'd the silent plain ; 
Till years approaching, bow'd his sacred head 
Deep in the dust, and sent him to the dead : 
Where now perhaps in some strange fancy'd land. 
He grasps the airy bow, and flies across the strand ; 
Or with his Colma shares the fragrant grove. 
It's vernal blessings, and the bliss of love. 

Farewell lamented pair, and whate'er state 
Now clasps you round, and sinks you deep in fate ; 
Whether the firey kingdom of the sun. 
Or the slow wave of silent Acheron, 
Or Christian's heaven, or planetary sphere, 
Or the third region of the cloudless air ; 
Or if return'd to dread nihility, 
You'll still be happy, for you will not be. 

Now fairest village of the fertile plain, 
Made fertile by the labours of the swain ; 
Who first my drowsy spirit did inspire. 
To sing of woods, and strike the rural lyre : 
Who last shou'd see me wand'ring from thy cells. 
And groves of oak where contemplation dwells, 
Wou'd fate but raise me o'er the smaller cares. 
Of Life unwelcome and distressful years, 
Pedantic labours and a hateful ease, 
Which scarce the hoary wrinkled sage cou'd please. 
Hence springs each grief, each long reflective sigh, 
And not one comfort left but poetry. 
Long, long ago with her I could have stray'd. 
To woods, to thickets or the mountain shade ; 
Unfit for cities and the noisy throng, 
The drunken revel and the midnight song ; 



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The gilded beau and scenes of empty joy, 

Which please a moment and forever die. 

Here then shall center ev'ry wish, and all 

The tempting beauties of this spacious ball : 

No thought ambitious, and no bold design, 

But heaven born contemplation shall be mine. 

In yonder village shall my fancy stray. 

Nor rove beyond the confines of to-day ; 

The aged volumes of some plain divine, 

In broken order round my hut shou'd shine ; 

Whose solemn lines should soften all my cares. 

And sound devotion to th' eternal stars : 

And if one sin my rigid breast did stain. 

Thou poetry shou'dst be the darling sin ; 

Which heav'n without repentance might forgive. 

And which an angel might commit and live : 

And where yon' wave of silent water falls. 

O'er the smooth rock or Adamantine walls : 

The summer morns and vernal eves should see, 

Milton, immortal bard my company ; 

Or Shakespeare, Dryden, each high sounding name, 

The pride of Britain, and one half her fame : 

Or him who wak'd the fairy muse of old, 

And pleasing tales of lands inchanted told. 

Still in my hand, he his soft verse shou'd find 

His verse, the picture of the poets mind : 

Or heav'nly Pope, who now harmonious mourns, 

" Like the rapt seraph that adores and burns." 

Then in sharp satire, with a giant's might. 

Forbids the blockhead and the fool to write : 

And in the centre of the bards be shown 

The deathless lines of godlike Addison ; 

Who, bard thrice glorious, all delightful flows, 

And wrapt the soul of poetry in prose. 



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Now cease, O muse, thy tender tale to chaunt. 
The smiling village, or the rural haunt ; 
New scenes invite me, and no more I rove. 
To tell of shepherds, or the vernal grove. 



THE FARMER'S WINTER EVENING 

A POEM 
To the Nymph I never saw. 

Far be the pleasures of the day, 
And mirth and festive joy from me, 
When cold December nips the plains. 
Or frozen January reigns. 
Far he the hunts-man's noisy horn. 
And coursers fleet thro' thickets borne. 
Swift as the wind, and far the sight, 
Of snowy mountains, sadly white ; 
But thou, O night, with sober charms, 
Shall clasp me in thy sable arms. 
For thee I love the winter eve. 
The noisy day for thee I leave. 
Beneath some mountain's tow'ring height. 
In cottage low I hail the night. 
Where jovial swains, with heart sincere. 
And timely mirth dishearten care : 
Each tells his tale, or chaunts a song 
Of her for whom he sigh'd so long ; 
Of Clara fair, or Flora coy, 
Disdaining still her shepherd boy, 
While near the hoary headed sage. 
Recalls the days of youthful age, 
Describes his course of manly years, 
His journey thro' this vale of tears ; 



I8l5] THE farmer's WINTER EVENING 395 

How champion he with champions met, 

And iiercely did they combat it, 

'Till envious night in ebon chair, 

Urg'd faster on her chariotteer. 

And robb'd him, O for shame, of glory 

And feats fit for renown in story. — 

Thus spent in tales the ev'ning hour. 

And quaffing juice of sober pow'r, 

Which handsome Kate with malt did steep. 

To lead on balmy visag'd sleep. 

While her neat hand the milk pail strains, 

A sav'ry supper for the swains. 

And now the moon exalted high. 

Gives lustre to the earth and sky. 

And from the mighty ocean's glass. 

Reflects the beauty of her face : 

About her orb you may behold, 

A thousand stars of burnish'd gold. 

Which slowly to the west retire. 

And lose awhile their glitt'ring fire. 

O COULD I here find my abode. 
And live within this fancy'd wood, 
With thee the weeks and years to pass. 
My pretty rural shepherdess ; 
With thee the cooling spring to sip. 
Or live upon thy damask lip : 
Then sacred groves, and shades divine, 
And all Arcadia should be mine. 
Steep me, steep me some poppies deep 
In beechen bowl, to bring on sleep ; 
Love hath my mind in shackles kept. 
Thrice the cock crew, nor once I slept. 
O gentle sleep, wrap me in dreams, 
Of fields and woods, and running streams ; 



396 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

Of rivers wide, and castles rare, 
And be my lovely Flora there : 
A larger draught, a larger bowl 
To gratify my drowsy soul ; 
' ' A larger draught is yet in store, 
Perhaps with this you wake no more." 
Then I my lovely maid shall see thee 
Drinking the deep streams of Lethe, 
Where now dame Arethusa scatters 
Her soft stream with Alpheus' waters, 
To forget her earthly cares, 
Lost in Lethe, lost in years ! 
And I too will quaff the water. 
Lest it should be said, O daughter 
Of my giddy, wand'ring brain, 
I sigh'd for one I've never seen. 



THE MISERABLE LIFE 
OF A PEDAGOGUE' 

To form the manners of our youth. 

To guide them in the way of truth, 

To lead them through the jarring schools. 

Arts, sciences, and grammar rules ; 

Is certainly an arduous work. 

Enough to tire out Jew or Turk ; 

And make a christian bite his nails, 

For do his best, he surely fails ; 

And spite of all that some may say. 

His praise is trifling as his pay. 

For my part I, tho' vers'd in booking. 
Still sav'd my carcase from such cooking ; 
And always slyly shunn'd a trade. 
Too trifling as I thought and said ; 

> This poem was undoubtedly written while Freneau was conducting bis 
school at Flatbush early in 1772. See Vol. I, page xxi. 



l8l5] THE MISERABLE LIFE OF A PEDAGOGUE 397 

But at a certain crazy season, 
When men have neither sense or reason ; 
By some confounded misadventure, 
I found myself just in it's centre. 

Odd's fish and blood, and noun and neuter, 
And tenses present, past and future : 
I utter'd with a wicked sigh, 
Where are my brains, or where am I ? 
The dullest creature of the wood, 
Knows how to shun the distant flood ; 
Whales, dolphins, and a hundred more, 
Are not the fools to run ashore. 

Well, now contented I must be, 
Forc'd by the dame Necessity, 
Who like the tribunal of Spain, 
Let's you speak once, but not again ; 
And swift to execute the blow. 
Ne'er tells you why or whence it's so. 

Now I am ask'd a thousand questions. 
Of Alexanders and Ephestions ; 
With sly designs to know if I 
Am vers'd in Grecian history ; 
And then again my time destroy, 
With aukward grace to tell of Troy : 
From that huge giant Polyphemus, 
Quite down to Romulus and Remus. 
Then I'm oblig'd to give them lectures. 
On quadrants, circles, squares and sectors ; 
Or in my wretched mem'ry bear. 
What weighs a cubic inch of air. 



398 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

" Sir, here's my son, I beg you'd mind. 
The graces have been very kind. 
And on him all their blessings shed, 
[Except a genius and a head] 
Teach him the doctrine of the sphere, 
The sliding circle and the square, 
And starry worlds, I know not where : 
And let him quickly learn to say, 
Those learned words Penna, Pennae ; 
Which late I heard our parson call 
As learning, knowledge all in all." 

And then a city dame approaches. 
Known by her horsemen, chairs and coaches : 
" Sir, here's my son, teach him to speak 
The Hebrew, Latin, and the Greek : 
And this I half forgot, pray teach 
My tender boy — the parts of speech — 
But never let this son of me. 
Learn that vile thing astronomy : 
Upon my word it's all a sham," — 
O I'm your humble servant ma'am. 
There certainly is something in it — 
" Boy, drive the coach off in a minute." 
And thus I'm left in street or road, 
A laughing stock to half the crowd. 
To argue with-myself the case, 
And prove its being to my face. 

A plague I say on such employment, 
Where's neither pleasure nor enjoyment : 
Whoe'er to such a life is ty'd, 
Was born the day he should have dy'd ; 
Born in an hour when angry spheres 
Were tearing caps, or pulling ears : 



l8l5] UPON A VERY ANCIENT DUTCH HOUSE 399 

And Saturn slow 'gainst swift Mercurius, 
Was meditating battles furious ; 
Or comets with their blazing train, 
Decreed their life, a life of pain. 



UPON A VERY ANCIENT DUTCH HOUSE 
ON LONG ISLAND.! 

Behold this antique dome by envious time, 
Grown crazy, and in ev'ry part decay'd ; 
Full well, alas, it claims my humble rhyme. 
For such lone haunts and contemplation made. 

Ah see the hearth, where once the chearful fire 
Blaz'd high, and warm'd the winter trav'lers toes ; 
And see the walls, which once did high aspire, 
Admit the storms, and ev'ry wind that blows. 

In yonder corner, now to ruin gone. 
The ancient housewife's curtain'd bed appear'd. 
Where she and her man John did sleep alone. 
Nor nightly robber, nor the screech owl fear'd. 

There did they snore full oft' the whole night out. 
Smoking the sable pipe, 'till that did fall. 
Reft from their jaws by Somnus' sleepy rout. 
And on their faces pour'd its scorched gall. 

And in the compass of yon' smaller gang. 
The swain Batavian once his courtship made. 
To some Dutch lass, as thick as she was long ; 
" Come then, my angel, come, the shepherd said, 

1 This is the germ of the poem, " The Deserted Farm-House," Vol. I, p. 40, 
supra. A comparison of the two versions will illustrate the thorough way in which 
Freneau often revised his poems. 



400 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU [1809 

' ' And let us for the bridal bed prepare ; 
For you alone shall ease my future life, 
And you alone shall soften all my care, 
My strong, my hearty, and industrious wife." 

Thus they — but eating ruin now hath spread 
Its wings destructive o'er the antique dome ; 
The mighty fabrick now is all a shed, 
Scarce fit to be the wand'ring beggar's home. 

And none but me it's piteous fate lament. 
None, none but me o'er it's sad ashes mourn. 
Sent by the fates, and by Apollo sent. 
To shed their latest tears upon it's silent urn. 



B. LIST OF OMITTED POEMS. 

It has been found necessary for various reasons to omit some of the 
poems that appear in the various editions of Freneau. For the most 
part this omitted material has no historic or poetic significance. Nothing 
would be gained by resurrecting it. It is only just to the poet, however, 
to state that aside from a single piece, nothing has been omitted on 
account of coarseness alone. In each case the earliest known title is 
given in the list that follows. When a title was significantly changed 
in later editions, the variation has been given in a foot note, with date 
of edition. 

From the 1786 Edition. 

Epitaph Intended for the Tombstone of Patrick Bay, an 
Irish Soldier and Innholder, Killed by an Ignorant 
Physician. — 1769.' 

Epitaph on Peter Abelard. From the Latin. 

The Distrest Orator. [Occasioned by R — A — 's mem- 
ory failing him in the midst of a public discourse he 
had got by rote.]^ 
^The Retort.' 

The Flagellators. 

Humanity and Ingratitude; A Common Case. [From 
the French.] December 1784.* 

Elegaic Verses on the Death of a favorite Dog, 1785.° 

The Five Ages. 

New Year's Verses, Addressed to the Customers of the 

1 Epitaph Intended for the Tombstone of Patrick Bay, Innholder, Killed by 
an Ignorant Physician. — 1809. 

2 Lines on a Distrest Orator, at a Public Exhibition. — 1809. This was 
an undergraduate skit by Freneau on his college mate Robert Archibald, of the 
Class of 1772. 

s To My Lord Snake, [A Title Hunter.] — I795- The Impertinent. — 1809. 
* Humanity and Ingratitude, A Common Case. [Translated from the French. ] 

— 1795- 

5 To a Deceased Dog. — 1795. 

26 401 



402 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

Pennsylvania Evening Post, by the Printer's Lad who 
carries it. January 4, 1783. 
The Literary Plunderers.* 

From the 1788 Edition. 

The Scornful Lady. 

The Prisoner. 

Few Honest Coblers; A Poem. In Imitation of Dr. 

Watts's Indian Philosopher. 
The Almanac Maker. 

Female Caprice ; or, the Student's Complaint. 
The Drunken Soldier. A Parody. 
St. Preux to Eloisa. 
The Fiddler's Farewell.^ 
The Modern Miracle.* 
The Dull Moralist.' 
The Misfortune of March. [Written in the pastoral style 

of the old British Poets,]!" 
Elegaic Lines. 
Highland Sawney." 

From the 1795 Edition. 

Epistolary Lines on the Death of a Fiddler. 

Farmer Dobbins's Complaint. 

The Debtor's Soliloquy. 

The Fair Buckle-Thief. 

Advice to the Ladies, Not to Neglect the Dentist. 

Lines to the memory of a young American Lady ; who 

died soon after her Arrival in London. 
The Market Girl. 

6 Devastations in a Library. — I79S- On Devastations Committed in a Book- 
seller's Library, by Rats, Mice, &c. — 1809. 
' The Minstrel's Complaint. — 1795- 
8 Susanna's Revival. — I79S. 
8 To the Grand Mufti. — 1795. 
"• Palaemon : or, the Skaiter. — 1795. 
" Highland Savfney, or the Emigrant Beau, — 179S, 



LIST OF OMITTED POEMS 403 

Elegaic Stanzas on a Young Gentleman Drowned in a 

Mill-Pond. 
The Drunkard's Apology.'^ 
On a Painter who was Endeavouring to Recover, from 

Memory, the Features of a Deceased Young Lady. 
Marriage A-la Mode; (Or the Run-a-way Match.) 
The Bridge of Delaware. 
Minerva's Advice. 
Mars and Venus. 
Charity A-la-Mode." 
The Invalid. 

Under the Portraiture of Martha Ray. 
Epistle to a Gay Young Lady that was Married to a 

Doating old Deacon. ^^ 
The Menace.^* 
The Prudent Philosopher. 
The Origin of Wars. 
Lines Written in a Severe February on a Shad, &c., 

caught in a Mild January. 
Epitaph on Frederick the Second, late King of Prussia. 

[From the French.] 
A Dialogue between Shadrach and Whiffle. 
To the memory of a Lady." 
To Clarissa : a handsome Shop-Keeper. 
To Cynthia. 
To a Very Little Man, Fond of Walking with a Very 

Long Cane. 
The Rural Bachelor. 
To Messieurs Fungus, Froth, and Co. 
Shadrach and Pomposo : A Tale. 

1^ An Apology for Intemperance. — 1809. 

" Merchantile Charity. — 1809. 

"The Preposterous Nuptials : or, January and June. — 1809. 

15 The Nova Scotia Menace. — 1809. 

16 To the Memory of Mrs. Burnet of Elizabeth-town, N. J. By Request. — 
1809. 



404 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

On Pest-Eli-Hali, the Traveling Speculator.*' 
Elegiac lines on a Theological Script-Monger. 
On the Approaching Dissolution of Transatlantic Juris- 
diction in America. 

From the 1809 Edition. 

Translation of the Third Elegy of the First Book of Ovid's 

Tristia. 
Description of the Plague which Happened at Athens 

. . . From the Sixth Book of Lucretius on the Nature 

of Things. 
Love's Suicide. Stanzas Intended for the Tomb Stone 

of a Person who Killed Himself in Consequence of his 

Suit being Rejected by a Young Lady. 
Translation, from Ovid's Tristia. Book 3d, Elegy 3d. 
Stanzas Written near a Certain Clergyman's Garden. 
On a Nocturnal View of the Planet Jupiter, and several 

of his Satellites, through a Telescope. 
The Fading Rose. 
A College Story. 

On a Man Killed by a Buffaloe (or wild Cow.) 
To the Dog Sancho, on his being Wounded in the Head 

with a Sabre, in a Midnight Assault and Robbery, near 

the Neversink Hills, 1778. 
Science, Favourable to Virtue. 

Reflections on the Constitution, or Frame of Nature. 
On the Powers of the Human Understanding. 
Lines Written in a very Small Garden. 
Nereus and Thetis. 
A Usurer's Prayer. 
Suicide : the Weakness of the Human Mind. A Marine 

Anecdote. 
The Gougers : on Seeing a Traveller Gouged, and other- 
wise ill treated by some Citizens of Logtown, near a 

Pine Barren. 

'SOn a Travelling Speculator. — 1809. 



LIST OF OMITTED POEMS 405 

Lines written for Mr. Ricketts, on the Exhibitions at his 
Equestrian Circus. 

Monumental Lines, Addressed to a Disconsolate Person, 
that was Successively Enamoured of Two Sisters, who 
Died of a Consumption within about Two Years of 
Each other, in the Prime of Youth and Beauty. 

Esperanza's March : being Stanzas, Addressed to a Person 
who Complained " He was always unfortunate." 

From the 1815 Edition. 

The New Age ; or Truth Triumphant. 

On Superstition. 

The Royal Apprentice, A London Story. 

The Modern Jehu ; or. Nobility on Four Wheels. 

On a Lady, Now Deceased, that had been both Deaf and 
Blind Many Years. 

The Mistake ; a Modern Short Story. 

Lines written in a french novel, Adelaide and Durval. 

Human Frailty. 

On Happiness, as proceeding from the practice of Virtue. 

Ode to Good Fortune. 

Reflections on doctor Perkins' metallic points, or tractors. 

Publius to Pollia. Supposed to have been written dur- 
ing a cruising expedition. 

On the Uniformity and Perfection of Nature. 

Translation of Gray's Ode, Written at the grand Char- 
treuse. 

On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of 
Nature. 

On the Religion of Nature. 

The Reward of Innocence. 

On the Evils of Human Life. 

The Scurrilous Scribe. 

Belief and Unbelief : humbly recommended to the serious 
consideration of creed makers. 

Susanna's Tomb. 



406 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

Stanzas on a Political Projector, who was making interest, 
to be employed on an embassy to Constantinople. 

Nature's Debt. 

New Year's Eve. 

The Order of the Day : to readers of the history of wars 
ancient and modern. 

The Bethlehemite ; or, fair solitary. 

The Hermit and the Traveller. 

Lines on the Establishment of the New Theatre, and the 
management of the house being placed in the hands of 
Mr. Cooper. 

The Musical Savage. Supposed to express, to the mu- 
sician, the extatic emotions of a missouri Indian, on his 
first hearing the violin played, or band of music, that 
accompanied captain Lewis on his expedition to the 
Columbia- River. 

Epitaph on a worthy person, whose decease closed a series 
of fortune and misfortune in his 50th year. 

Written at Poplar-Hill, — Pennsylvania. 

The Blast of November. Occasioned by a fatal accident 
on the Hudson. 

The Duelists. 

On Seeing a Beautiful Print of a Shipwrecked Sailor 
sitting on a Rock. 

Heaving the Lead : a Marine Story, Founded on Fact. 

Translated from the Third Book of Lucretius de natura 
rerum, or. On the nature of Things. 

The Two Genii : Addressed to a young Lady, of a con- 
sumptive habit, departing from New-York, by sea, for 
South-Carolina, in 1805. 

The Hypochondriac. 

On Finding a Terrapin in the Woods, which had A. D. 
1756 Marked on the Back of his Shell. 

Pythona : or the Prophetess of En-Dor. 

To Ismenia. 



C. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE POETRY OF 
PHILIP FRENEAU 

The following is a list of the individual and collected poetical publi- 
cations of Freneau. For a more complete view of the poet's literary- 
activities the reader is referred to the painstaking and admirable "Bibli- 
ography of the separate and collected works of Philip Freneau, ' ' by Mr. 
Victor Hugo Paltsits (N. Y., Dodd, Mead & Co., 1903). Opportunity 
has been taken here to bring the list up to date, to correct a few omis- 
sions and errors in Mr. Paltsits' volume, and to locate copies whose ex- 
istence he overlooked. To avoid confusion the abbreviations used by 
him have been retained, viz : AAS = American Antiquarian Society, 
Worcester, Mass. ; BA = Boston Athenaum, Boston, Mass. : BM = 
British Museum, London, England ; BPL = Boston Public Library, 
Boston, Mass. ; BU = Brown University Library, Providence, R. I. ; 
C = Library of Congress, Washington, D. C; GSMT =: General Society 
of Mechanics and Tradesmen, N. Y. City ; HC = Harvard University 
Library, Cambridge, Mass. ; HSP = Historical Society of Pennsvlvania, 
Philadelphia, Pa. ; LCP = Library Company of Philadelphia, Pa. ; 
MHS = Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Mass.; NA = New 
York PubUc Library, Astor Foundation, N. Y. City ; NJSL = New Jer- 
sey State Library, Trenton, N. J. ; NkPL = Newark Free Public Library, 
Newark, N. J.; NL^New York Public Library, Lenox Foundation, N. 
Y. City ; NYHS^ New York Historical Society, N. Y. City ; NYSL = 
New York State Library, Albany, N. Y. ; PU = Princeton University 
Library, Princeton, N. J.; S PL = Springfield Public Library, Spring- 
field, Mass. 

1772 

The I American Village,] a Poem.| To which are 
added, I Several other original Pieces in Verse.] By 
Philip Freneau, A. B.] [^Quotation of two lines from 
Horace.^ 

New York : I Printed by S. Insleeand A. Car, on^Moor's 
Wharf.] M, DCC, LXXIL] i2mo; pp. [i]-27, [ij. 

See Vol. I, xxii, and Vol. Ill, Appendix A, su^ra. Copies : BU, C. 

407 



408 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

1772 

A I Poem, I on the | Rising Glory | of | America ; | being 
an I Exercise | Delivered at the Public Commencement at | 
Nassau-Hall, September 25,1771. | [Quotation of six lines 
from Seneca. '^ 

Philadelphia : | Printed by Joseph Crukshank, for R. 
Aitken,| bookseller, opposite the London-coffee-|house, 
in Front-Street.] M, DCC, LXXII.| i2mo; pp. [3]-27. 

See Vol. I, xxi, and 49, supra. Copies: BU, C, HSP, MHS, 
NYHS, PU. 

1775 

American Liberty,] a | Poem.| [Quotations one line from 
Virgil and two lines from Pope']. | 

New-York: I Printed by J. Anderson, at Beekman-Slip.| 
MDCCLXXV.] i2mo; pp. 3-12. 

See Vol. I, 142, supra. Copies : C, LCP. 

1775 
General Gage's Soliloquy. New York: Printed by 
Hugh Gaine, 1775. 

No printed copy of this has thus far been discovered. A manu- 
script copy of unknown origin is in the Du Simitiere collection of the 
Library Company of Philadelphia. Endorsed upon it are the words 
" Printed in New York August. 1775. By Gaine." See Vol. I, 152 
supra. 

1775 
A I Voyage | to | Boston. | A | Poem.| [Quotation of 
five lines from Shakespeare.'^ By the Author of American 
Liberty, a Poem: General | Gage's Soliloquy, &c.| 

New-York: Printed by John Anderson, | at Beekman's 
Slip. I i2mo; pp. [iii]-iv, [5]-24. 

See Vol. I, 158, supra. Copies: C, LCP, NYHS. 



BIBLIOGRAPHY 409 

1775 

A I Voyage | to | Boston. | A | Poem.| [^Quotation of 
five lines from Shakespeare. ']\ By the Author of American 
Liberty, a Poem : General | Gage's Soliloquy, &c. | 

Philadelphia: | Sold by | William Woodhouse, [ in 
Front street] M, DCC, LXXV.| i2mo; pp. [m]-iv, 
[5]-24. 

A reprint of the Anderson edition. Copies : AAS, HSP, NYHS, PU. 

1775 

General Gage's | Confession, | Being the Substance of | 
His Excellency's last Conference,] With his Ghostly 
Father, Friar Francis . ] [ Quotation of one line from Virgil. ] ] 
By the Author of the Voyage to Boston. ] A Poem, &c.] 

Printed in the Year, 1775.] Small 8vo; pp. [3]-8. 

The copy in the possession of the Library Company of Philadelphia 
is at present believed to be unique. Written on the title page by a con- 
temporary hand are the words "By Gaine. Published October 25 : 

I77S-" 

1778 

The ] Travels ] of the ] Imagination ; ] a true Journey 
from ] New Castle to London.] To which are added,] 
American Independence,] an ] everlasting deliverance ] 
from ] British Tyranny: ] a Poem.j 

Philadelphia: ] Printed, by Robert Bell, in Third- 
Street.] M DCC LXXVIIL] i2mo. 

The main work is by James Murray. Freneau's poem, pp. [113]- 
126 of the volume, has the title page : 

American | Independence,! an everlasting | Deliverance | from | 
British Tyranny. | A Poem. | By Philip F , Author of the Amer- 
ican Village, I Voyage to Boston, &c.| \_Quotation of six lines from 
Shakespeare. '\ \ 

Philadelphia: Printed, by Robert Bell, in Third-Street.] M DCC 
LXXVIIL] 

The same sheets were used to form part VI of "Miscellanies ] for 
] Sentimentalists," published the same year by Bell. 

See Vol. I, 271, supra. Copy: HSP. 



Viz. Canto- 



410 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

1779 

Sir Henry Clinton's Invitation to the Refugees. 

The only evidence at present of the separate publication of this piece 
is the entry in Frank Moore's Songs and Ballads of the American Revo- 
lution (N. Y. 1856, p. 259) : " We have it in a ballad sheet, dated 
1779." 

See Vol. II, p. 7, supra. 

1781 

The British Prison-Ship :|A | Poem,| in four Cantoes.| 

" I. The Capture, 

2. The Prison-Ship, 

3. The Prison-Ship, continued, 

4. The Hospital-Prison-Ship. 

To which is added, | A Poem on the Death of Capt. N. 
Biddle, | who was blown up, in an Engagement with the | 
Yarmouth, near Barbadoes.| [^Quotation of thirteen lines 
from Milton.'^ 

Philadelphia:! Printed by F. Bailey, in Market-Street. | 
M. DCC. LXXXI.I i2mo; pp. [3]-23. 

See Vol. II, p. 18, supra. Copies : BU, LCP, NYHS. 

1783 
New Year Verses, | Addressed to those Gentlemen who 
have been | pleased to favour Francis Wrigley, News 
Car-|rier, with their Custom.] January i, 1783. | Folio, 
broadside. 

See Vol. II, p. 197, supra. Copy : C. 

1783 
New Year's Verses, addressed to The Customers of the 
Pennsylvania Evening Post, by the Printer's Lad who 
carries it. January 4, 1783. 

This is known only through the version in the 1786 edition of Fre- 
neau's poems, pp. 383-385. It was undoubtedly first issued as a 
broadside. 



BIBLIOGRAPHY 4 II 

1783 

New Year's | Verses | Addressed to the Customers of | 
The Freeman's Journal,] By the Lad who carries it.j 
January 8th, 1783. | Folio, broadside. 

See Vol. II, p. 198, supra. Copy : C. 

1784 

New- Year | Verses, | For those who Carry the | Penn- 
sylvania Gazette | to the | Customers. | January i , 1 784. | 
Small folio, broadside. 

Reprinted in the 1786 edition, pp. 387-388 ; in the 1795 edition, p. 
265 ; and in the 1809 edition, Vol. II, pp. 161-162. In the two latter 
versions, with the title changed to " A News-man's Address," the 
original first line : 

" How things are chang'd since last New Year " 

was altered to read : 

"What tempests gloomed the by-past year — " 

See Vol. II, p. 238, supra. Copy : HSP. 

1784 

New Year's Verses, Addressed To the Customers of the 
Freeman's Journal, by the Lad who carries it. January 
7, 1784. 

The original broadside has not been found. The only version at 
present known is in the 1786 edition, pp. 389-390. See Vol. II, p. 
240, supra. 

178S 

New Year's Verses, addressed to the Customers of the 
Freeman's Journal, by the Lad who Carries it. January 
I, 1785. 

The first trace of this is to be found in the 1786 edition, pp. 391-393- 
It was doubtless first issued as a broadside. See Vol. II, p. 284, supra. 



412 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

1786 

New Year's Verses, for 1786. [Written for the Car- 
riers of the Columbian Her aid. '\ 

The first trace to be found of this is in the 1788 edition, pp. 142-144. 
This is signed •• Charleston (S. C.) Jan. 1786." It doubtless appeared 
as a broadside. See Vol. II, p. 301, supra. 

1786 

The I Poems | of | Philip Freneau.] Written chiefly 
during the late War.| 

Philadelphia : | Printed by Francis Bailey, at | Yorick's 
Head, in Market street. | M DCC LXXXVI.| 

Small 8vo; pp. [v]-vii, [1J-407. 

This is the first collected edition of Freneau' s poems. See Vol. I, p. 
xxxix-xli, supra. Copies : BM, BPL, BU, C, HSP, LCP, MHS, NA, 
NL, NYHS, NYSL, PU. 

1787. 

A I Journey | from | Philadelphia | to | New-York, | by 
Way of Burlington and South-Amboy . | By | Robert 
Slender, Stocking Weaver. | Extracted from the Au- 
thor's Journals.! [^Quotation of two lines from Horace. '\ 

Philadelphia; Printed by Francis Bailey, at Yorick's 
Head, in I Market-street.] M DCC LXXXVn.| lamo; 
pp. vi, [7]-28. 

See Vol. II, p. 388, supra. Copies : BU, C, NYHS, PU. 

1788 

New Year's Verses for 1788. [Supposed to be written 
by the Printer's lad, who supplies the customers with 
his weekly paper.] 

The first trace of this is in the 1788 edition, pp. 393-395. It was 
doubtless first issued as a broadside for some newspaper. See Vol. II, 
p. 383, supra. 



BIBLIOGRAPHY 41 3 

i;88 

The I Miscellaneous | Works | of | Mr. Philip Freneau | 
containing his | Essays, | and | additional Poems. | 

Philadelphia : | Printed by Francis Bailey, at Yorick's | 
Head, in Market Street.] M DCC LXXXVIII.| Small 
i2mo; pp. xii [i]-429. 

The second collected edition of Freneau' s poems. It contained no 
poems that had been published in the first collection. See Vol. I, p. 
xliii, supra. Copies : BM, BPL, BU, C, HSP, LCP, MHS, NA, NL, 
NYHS, NYSL, PU. 

1794 

The I Village Merchant : | A | Poem. To which is added 
the I Country Printer. | \Four lines from section five of The 
Village Merchant?^ \ 

Philadelphia : | Printed by Hoff and Derrick, | M, DCC, 
XCIV.| Small 8vo; pp. [3]-i6. 

See Vol. II, p. 14, supra. Copies: BU, HSP. 

1795 

Poems I Written between the Years 1768 & 1794,] by | 
Philip Freneau,] of | New Jersey: | A New Edition, Re- 
vised and Corrected by the | Author ; Including a con- 
siderable number of | Pieces never before published.] 
[Pyramid of fifteen stars, followed by two lines of Latin from 
page 4.35.'] \ 

Monmouth ] [N. J.] ] Printed ] At the Press of the 
Author, at Mount- Pleasant, near ] Middletown-Point; 
M, DCC, XCV : and, of ] — American Independence — ] 
XIX.] 8vo; pp. XV, [i]-455. [i]- 

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supra. Copies : AAS, BA, BM, BPL, BU, C, HC, HSP, LCP, MHS, 
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414 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

1797 

Means | for the | Preservation | of | Public Liberty. | 
An I Oration | delivered in the New Dutch Church, | on 
the I Fourth of July, 1797. | Being the twenty-first | 
Anniversary of our Independence. | By G. J. Warner. | 
[Ten lines from Freneau's poem To a Republican with Mr. 
Paine' s Rights of Man. "^ 

New York: | Printed at the Argus Office, | for | 
Thomas Greenleaf and Naphtali Judah. | 1797. | 8vo ; pp. 

[7]-22. 

On pp. 20-21 Ode | (Composed for the Occasion, by P. Freneau.) 
The Musick performed | by the Uranian Musical Society. | See Vol. Ill, 
p. 152, supra. Copy : NL. 

1797. 

Megara and Altavola. To a female satirist (an English 
actress) on receiving from her no. i of a very satirical 
and biting attack. 

Six copies only were printed, of which none is at present known to 
exist. See the 1809 edition, Vol. 11, p. 30 ; and Vol. Ill, p. 146, supra. 

1798. 
New Year's Verses. 

Issued as a broadside for the Time Piece and dated "January I, 
1798." The only copy that is known at present is bound with the file 
Time Piece in the library of the New York Historical Society. See Vol. 
Ill, p. 194, supra. 

1809. 

Poems I written and published during the | American 
Revolutionary War,| and now | republished from the 
original Manuscripts ; | interspersed | with Translations 
from the Ancients, | and other Pieces not heretofore in 
I Print. I By Philip Freneau. j [Four lines of poetry. ]| 
The Third Edition, in two Volumes.] Vol. I. [II.] | 

Philadelphia : From the Press of Lydia R. Bailey, No. 
io.| North-Alley. I 1809.] 2 vols.; i2mo; Vol. I, pp. 
280, IV; Vol. II, pp. 302, XII. 



BIBLIOGRAPHY 415 

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NYHS, NYSL, PU, NJSL. 

1809 

A Laughable Poem;| or | Robert Slender's | Journey | 
from I Philadelphia to New York, | by | Way of Burling- 
ton and South Amboy.| By Philip Freneau, | Author of 
Poems written during the American Revo-|lutionary War, 
and lately published in this City | by Lydia R. Bailey, in 
two Volumes, Duodecimo. | Persons of the Poem.| [Nine 
lines for nine characters. ]| 

Philadelphia: | Printed for Thomas Neversink.| De- 
cember 20, 1809.] i2mo; pp. [3]-24. 

A reprint with few variations of the 1787 edition. See Vol. II, p. 
338, supra. Copies : BU, HSP, LCP. 

1815 

A I Collection of | Poems,] on | American Affairs, and 
a variety of other Subjects,] chiefly moral and political;] 
written between the Year 1797 and the pre-Jsent Time.] 
By Philip Freneau, ] Author of Poems written during the 
Revolutionary ] War, Miscellanies, &c. &c. ] In two 
Volumes. ] [Four lines from Freneau' s poem On the British 
Commercial Depredations?^ Vol. I. [11.]] 

New York: Published by David Longworth,] At the 
Dramatic Repository,] Shakespeare-Gallery.] 1815.] 2 
vols. ; small i2mo; Vol. I, pp. viii, [i3]-i88; Vol. II, pp. 
176. 

See Vol. I, pp. xc-xci, supra. Copies : BA, BM, BPL, BU, C, 
LCP, NL, NYHS, NYSL, PU, GSMT, NkPL. 

1861 

Poems on various Subjects,] but chiefly illustrative of 
the ] Events and Actors in the American ] War of Inde- 
pendence.] By Philip Freneau.] Reprinted from the 



4l6 POEMS OF PHILIP FRENEAU 

rare edition printed at | Philadelphia in 1786.I With a 

Preface. 

London: I John Russell Smith, | Soho Square. | i86i.| 
Small 8vo ; pp. xxii, [i]-362. Printed at the Chiswick 

Press. 
Copies: BPL, BU, C, HSP, NL, NYHS, NYSL, PU, 

NkPL. 

1865 

Poems I relating to the | American Revolution | By 
Philip Freneau.| With an introductory memoir and 
notes. I By | Evert A. Duyckinck.| 

NewYork:| W. J. Widdleton, Publisher.] M.DCCC. 
LXV. i2mo; pp. xxxviii, [i]-288. por. and facsim. 

Copies : AAS, BM, BPL, C, HSP, LCP, NA, NL, NYHS, NYSL, 
PU, SPL, NkPL. One hundred copies also on large paper, royal 8vo. 

1891 

Poems I relating to the | American Revolution | by | 
Philip Freneau | With an introductory memoir and notes 
I By I Evert A. Duyckinck | New York | Thomas Y. 
Crowell Co. | 46 East Fourteenth Street.] i2mo. pp. 
xxxviii, 288. 

This is a reissue of the 1865 edition printed with red line borders for 
Crowell's "Red Line Series of the Poets." Cover title misprinted 
" Prenau's Poems," Also issued without red line border. 

1902 

The I Poems of Philip Freneau | Poet of the American 
Revolution | Edited for | the Princeton Historical Asso- 
ciation I By I Fred Lewis Pattee | Princeton N. J. | the 
University Library | 1902 | . 

8°; 3 vols. pp. cxii, 294; X, 407; XIV, 430 (Vol. II, 
1903, Vol. Ill, 1907). 



BIBLIOGRAPHY 417 

1906 

The American Village | A Poem by | Philip Freneau | 
Reprinted in facsimile from the original | edition published 
at New York | in 1772, with an introduction | by | Harry 
Lyman Roopman | and | Bibliographical Data | by | 
Victor Hugo Paltsits | [Device] | Providence, Rhode 
Island I 1906. Square 8vo. pp. xxi, [i]-69. 

Edition of 100 copies. The third pubUcation of the Club for 
Colonial Reprints, of Providence, R. I. See Vol. Ill, Appendix A, 
supra. 



•27 



INDEX. 



Adams, John, i. liv ; iii/207, 210 
Adams, Samuel, i. 193 
Aitken, R., i. 49 
Albertson, Captain, ii. 346 
Algiers, pirates of, ii. 302, 344, 381 
Amanda poems, ii. 318, 319, 321, 326, 

328, 392 
"American Crisis, The," ii. 16 
American Museum, i. Ixvii ; ii. 313 
Americus Vespucius, ii. 268 
Amherst, Sir Jef&ey, i. 156; ii. 117 
Analectic Magazine, i. xci 
Anderson, Alexander, i. xcii 
Anderson, publisher, i. 142, 158, 185 
Andr6, Major John, ii. 39 
Annapolis, Md., iii. 15 
Arbuthnot, Admiral Harriot, ii. go 
Argus, i. Ixxii 

Arnold, Benedict, ii. 39ff., 103, 336 
Asgill, Capt. Charles, ii. 193, 291 
Auchmuty, Rev. Samuel, ii. 209 

Bache, Benjamin F. , i. Iviii 

Bailey, Commander of packet, ii. 346 

Bailey, Francis, i. xxxiv, xxxvi, xl, 

xliiiff, Ixiii, Ixiv, Ixxx ; ii. 18, 75, 338 
Bailey, Lydia H., i. Ixxxviii 
Bainbridge, Commodore Joseph, iii. 311 
Balfour, Nesbit, ii. 155 
Balloons, ii. 265, 276 ; iii. 142 
Barlow, Joel, i. c, ci, 279 
Barney, Capt. Joshua, ii. 142, 147, 149 
Bastille, Fall of, iv. 72, 102 
Bauman, Col., i. Ixxx 
Beckley, Mr., i. Ixix 
Bell, Capt. Archibald, i. xlv 
Bell, Robert, publisher, i. xxviii, 271 ; 

ii. 260 
Bellamont, Richard, Earl of, iii. 40 
Bermuda, i. xxviii, 266, 283 ; ii. 318, 

319, 393 
Bernard, Sir Francis, i. 80 
Biddle, Capt. Nicholas, i. cvi, 288 
Blackbeard, pirate, iii. 229 
Blanchard, balloonist, iii. 142 
Bolingbroke, Lord, iii. 47 
Bompard, Captain of Ambuscade, iii. 106 
Bon Homme Richard and Serapis, ii. 75 
Bonaparte, Napoleon, iii. 135, 333, 334 



Boston, Mass., i. 84, 152, 158, 171, 

185, 193 ; ii. 196 
Bradford, William, Papers, i. xvii 
Brackenridge, H. H., i. xvi, xx, xxii, 

xxviii, xxix 
Brown, Gen. Jacob, iii. 329 
Burgoyne, General, i. 164, 165, 171 ; 

ii. 96, 140 
Burke, Aedanus, i. xlix, Ixxix ; iii. 243 
Burke, Edmund, ii. 13 ; iii. 84, 164 
Burns, Robert, iii. 337 
Burr, Aaron, i. xvi ; Theodosia, iii. 312 

Campbell, Thomas, ii. 370 

Cannon, Capt. William, i. xliv 

Carey, John, iii. 82 ; Matthew, i. Ixvii ; 

ii. 313 ; Thomas, i. xc 
Carleton, Sir Guy, i. 79 ; ii. 153, 156, 

169, 172, 173, 190, 194 
Catharine of Russia, ii. 17 ; iii. 97, 136 
Chandler, Bishop Samuel, ii. 303 
Charles V of Spain, ii. 15 
Charleston, S. C, i. xiv, xxxix, xliii, 

xlviii, Ixxv, Ixxxi ; ii. 214, 399, 401, 

402, 404 ; iii. 3, 199, 201 
Chatham, Capt. Brig Rebecca, i. xxx 
Childs, Francis, i. Iii 
Churchill, Charles, ii. 175 
Churchman, John, ii. 398, 406 
Clarkson, Matthew, i. Ivi 
Clinton, Sir Henry, ii. 7, 41, 57, 89, 153 
Cobbett, William, iii. 167. See " Peter 

Porcupine" 
Cochrane, Sir Alexander, iii. 362 
Cockbum, Sir George, iii. 343, 356, 362 
Cockneys in America, iii. 185 
Colden, Cadwallader, ii. 203 
CoUes, Christopher, ii. 214 
Columbia, S. C., ii. 399, 401, 402 
Columbus, Christopher, i. ci, 46, 89 
Commerce, the hope of America, iii. 220 
Concord and Lexington, i. 168 
Connecticut, iii. 8 
Cooper, President Miles, ii. 209 
Corcoran, Dr., poetaster, ii. 184 
Comwallis, Captain, ii. 143 ; Earl of, ii. 

84, 86, 88, 89, 92, 93, 97, "7. 140 
Cosins, John, ii, 126 
Courtney, Captain of the Boston, iii. 106 



419 



420 



INDEX 



Crukshank, Joseph, publisher, i. 49 
Currie, Dr. William, iii. 159 

Dacres, Capt., of GuerrUre, iii. 310 
Dartmouth College, iii. 33 
Dartmouth, Lord, i. 189 
Dauphin of France, birth, ii. 167 
Davis, Matthew L., i. Ixxv 
Dayton, Jonathan, iii. 151 
Dickinson, John, ii. 380 
Digby, Admiral, ii. 112 
Dodd, Dr. William, ii. 16 
Dornin, Bernard, ii. 139 
Downie, Capt. George, iii. 349 
Dunmore, Gov., of Virginia, i. 140; ii. 

87> 114. "5; »i- 17 
Duponceau, iii. 92 
Dwight, Timothy, i. Ixi, xcvii, c, ci ; 

iii. 9 

Edgeworth, Maria, ii. 313 
Ellsworth, Oliver, iii. 226 ; Mrs. Oliver, 

i. lix 
Emigration, ii. 280 ; iii. 228 
England, National debt, ii. 134 
"Eugenie," Beaumarchais' comedy, ii, 

108 
Eutaw Springs, Battle of ii. lOI 

"Father Bombo's Pilgrimage," i. xvii 
Fayal, fight in harbor of, iii. 363 
"Features of Mr. Jay's Treaty," iii. 

133 
Fenno, John, i. Ii 
Fitch, John, and steam navigation, ii. 

406 
Fontaine, John, traveller, i. xiv 
Forman, Eleanor, marries Freneau, i. 

xlviii. 
Fort George, N. Y., destroyed, iii. 24, 40 
Fox, Charles James, ii. 9 ; George, 

quaker, iii. 14 
France, war with, threatened, iii. 1 39, 

157, 207 ; treaty, 226. 
Francis, John W., i. xciii ; ii. 214 ; Sam, 

New York innkeeper, ii. 206 ; iii, 360 
Franklin, Benjamin iii. 36; William i. 

131 ; ii. IIS 
Freemasons, iii. 281, 282 
French Revolution, i. Iii, liv ; ii. 385 ; 

iii. S7, 70, 72, 84. 86, 88ff., 92, 99, 

102, 106, 129, 135. 
Freneau Bible, I. xiii. 
Freneau Family : Agnes, i. Ixxv. , 

Ixxix ; Andr6, i. xiii ; Andrew, ii 

xiv . Catharine L. , i. Ixxvi ; Eleanor, 

i. xlix, Ixxvi ; Helen, i. Ixxiv ; Mar- 



garet, i. Ixxvi ; Mary, i. Ixxvi ; Philip 
L., i. Ixxvi; Peter, i. xiv, xxxix, 
xlviii, Ixxviii, Ixxxi ; Pierre, i, xiv 
Freneau Philip, 

Birth, xiv ; enters Princeton, xv ; 
College mates, xvi ; undergraduate 
verse, xvii, xviii, xxi, ciii, i. 49 ; grad- 
uated (1771), XX ; teacher at Flatbush, 
xxi; publishes "The American Vil- 
lage," xxii ; teacher in Somerset Acad- 
emy, Md. , xxii ; begins poetic career in 
New York, xxiv, i. 139 ; criticized, i. 
206 ; sails for West Indies, xxvi; at 
Bermuda (1778), xxviii, ii. 318 ; writes 
" The House of Night," xxvii, i. 221 ; 
returns (June, 1778), xxviii, i. 293; 
contributes to the United States Mag- 
azine, xxviii ; visits the Azores (l779)> 
XXX ; sails for the West Indies (1780), 
XXX ; captured by the British and con- 
fined in prison ships, xxxiiff., ii. l8ff. ; 
the Freeman's Journal, xxxv, ii. 75 ; 
prologue to "Eugenie," ii. 108 ; quar- 
rels with Oswald, xxxvii, ii. 1 74 ; and 
Hugh Gaine, ii. 201, 214 ; lampoons 
Rivington, ii. 229 ; hymn at close of 
war, ii. 242; at Jamaica (1784), 
xxxviii, xxxix, ii. 250, 252, 258 ; de- 
nounces slavery, ii. 258 ; master of the 
Monmouth (1785), xxxix, ii. 295; 
first edition of his poems (1786), xxxix, 
xli; in Charleston, S. C. (1786), ii. 
301 ; his second volume (1788), xliii ; 
at Norfolk (1788), xliv ; at Castle 
Island, Bermuda (1789), ii. 319; at 
Yamacraw, Ga. (1789), xiv: enters 
New York with Washington's fleet 
(1789), xlvii ; farewell to the ocean, 
iii. 3 ; editor of New York Daily Ad- 
vertiser, xlvii, iii. 3 ; marriage (April 
15, 1790), xlviii; iii. 3 ; plans "The 
Rising Empire.' ' xlix, iii. 5 ; is recom- 
mended to Madison by Burke, xlix ; 
clerkship, 1, Iii, Ixiii ; founds the Na- 
tional Gazette (Oct. 31, I79i)> li> ; 
sympathy with French Revolution, liii, 
ii. 385 ; translates Pichon's Ode, liv, 
iii. 92 ; becomes incendiary in the 
Gazette, Iv ; attacked by Hamilton, 
Ivi ; exasperates Washington, Ix ; in 
Philadelphia during yellow fever epi- 
demic (t793)> ^™^ i suspends the 
Gazette, xi ; valedictory on leaving 
Philadelphia, iii. I13 ; founds the yi?r- 
sey Chronicle, Ixiii ; writes against 
Jay's treaty, iii. 133 ; the third edition 
of his poems (1795), Ixvii; abandons 



INDEX 



421 



the Jersey Chronicle, Ixxi ; founds the 
Time Piece (1797), Ixxii, iii. 137 ; 
plans biography of Ledyard, Ixxiv ; 
visited by Deborah Gannett, iii. 182 ; 
resigns editorship of the Time Piece 
(1798), Ixxv ; a farmer, Ixxv, Ixxix, 
iii. 199; "Letters on Various Inter- 
esting Subjects," Ixxvi ; urged for 
New York postmastership, Ixxx ; re- 
sumes seafaring life (1802), Ixxx, 
Ixxxi ; last voyage to the Azores 
(1807), Ixxxi; correspondence with 
Madison and Jefferson, Ixxxff, i. 
Ixxxviiff ; 1809 edition of his poems, 
Ixxxivff ; visits the castle of Black- 
beard the pirate, iii. 229 ; at Guada- 
loupe, iii. 242 ; the 1815 edition, xc ; 
last years, xcii ; death, xcv ; character 
and personality, xcviff ; poetry, xcviiiff, 
cvi, cixff ; mania for revision, Ixvii, ii. 
253 ; miserly care of his poems, viii, 
Ixvii, ii. 313 ; services to the Revolu- 
tion, cv. See Poems. 

Fresneau, AndrS, i. xiii 

Funchal, Madeira, iii. 257 

Gage, General, i. 152, 158, 185, 189, 

193, 194 
Gaine, Hugh, i. 152, 189; ii. 201, 205, 

214 
Gannett, Deborah, iii. 182 
Garrick's " Dying Valet," ii. 108 
Gaston, Count, ii. 9 
Gates, General, iii. 151 
Genet, Citizen, iii. 92, 106 
Georgia, i. 153 ; ii. 387, 397 
George, III, ii. 3, 9, 16, 117, 126, 217 
Germaine, Lord George, ii. 87 
Godwin, Abraham, Innkeeper at Passaic, 

N. J., i. 123 
Greene, General, ii. loi 
Greenleaf, Thomas, i. Ixxii 
Guadaloupe, W. I., ii. 314 ; iii. 242 

Hamilton, Alexander, i. liv; iii. 109, 127 

Hammill, Mr., marries Freneau's daugh- 
ter, i. Ixxvi 

Hancock, John, i. 1 93 

Hanson, Capt., i. xxvi 

Hardy, Sir Thomas, iii. 321, 338 

Harmony Hall, Charleston, ii. 404 

Harvard College, ii. 371 

Havana, Siege of, i. 146 

Hawkes, Capt. of the Iris, ii. 19 

Hay, Lady, iii. 40 

Hezekiah, Salem, Freneau's pseudonym, 
ii. 329 ; iii. 19 



Hatteras, Cape, i. 184 ; ii. 320, 392, 394 

Hessians, i. 185, 269 ; ii. 35 

Hillyer, Capt. James, of the Phoebe, iii. 

318 
Hispaniola, i. 117 
Hoff & Derrick, publish " The Village 

Merchant," i. 14 
Holt, John, printer, ii. 231 
Hopkins, John, ii. 181 
Hopkinson, Francis, iii. 53 
Horace, quoted and imitated, i. 57 ; ii- 

103, 177. 336, 377 
Howe, Admiral, ii. 153 
Howe, General, placed in command at 

Boston, 1775> '• 152; his campaign in 

New Jersey, ii. 7 
Huddy, Capt. of N. J. Militia, ii. 163, 

193, 291 
Hudson River, iii. 173 
Hunter, Mrs. John, and "The Death 

Song," ii. 313 
Hull, Isaac, Capt. of the Constitution, 

iii. 310 
Hyde, Commander of a packet ship, ii. 

346 
Hyder, AH, East Indian insurgent, ii. 

148 

Indians, i. xxxvi, Ixvi, ex, cxi ; ii. 187, 
243, 313. 369, 371 ; iii- 189. 293, 381 

Jamaica, i. 239 ; ii. 250, 252, 253, 258 
Jamestown, Va., ii. 270 
Jay's Treaty, i. Ixvi; iii. 132, 133 
Jefferson, Thomas, i. 1, Ivii, Ixxx, Ixxxiii ; 

iii. 151, 216, 293 
Jefferies, Judge, i. 163 
Jeffrey, the critic, praises Freneau, i. vi 
Jemmy, the rover, Pennsylvania sonnet- 

ter, ii. 184 
Johnson, Guy, i. 179 
Johnston, British Commissioner, ii. 14 
Johnstone, Commodore George, ii. 117 
"Jonah, History of the Prophet," i. 3 
Jones, John Paul, i. 290 ; ii. 75 

Katy-did, the, iii. 275 
Kempenfelt, Admiral, ii. 218 
Key, Francis Scott, iii. 357 
King's College, ii. 209 
Knapp, John Coghill, ii. 123 
Knyphausen, Baron, ii. 38, 39, 122 
Kollock, Shepard, ii. 231 

Laboyteant, Captain Aurora, i. xxi 

Lafayette, iii. 86 

Lake Champlain, Battle of, iii. 349 



422 



INDEX 



Lake Erie, Battle of, iii. 315 

Landais, Capt., of the Alliance i. 285 

Latin and Greek, iii. 121 

Laurens, John, ii. 283, 337 

Lawrence, James, killed in action with 
the Shannon, iii. 313 

Leadbeater, Edward, i. Ixxvi. 

Ledyard, John, i. Ixxiv. 

Lee, Henry, i. Ixiii ; ii. loi 

Leslie, James, Innkeeper at Passaic, N. J., 
i. 123 

" Letters on Various Interesting Sub- 
jects," i. Ixxvi 

Lexington and Concord, i. 168 

Liberty Cap, iii. 94, 106, 107 

Liberty tree of Boston, i. 159, 172 

Library, Circulating, in Philadelphia, ii. 
260 

"Light Summer Reading," ii. 318, 326 

Liquor in jails, iii. 126 

Livingston, R. R., ii. Ixxii 

Livingston, Gov. William, i. 124 

London Revolution Society, iii. 99 

Long Island Dutch, iii. 12 

Longworth, publishes the 1815 edition, 
i. Ixxxvii 

Loudon, New York printer, ii. 231 

Louis XVI. ii. 167, 385 

Lunardi, balloonist, ii. 265 

Lundy's Lane, Battle of, iii. 329 

"Lying Valet," presented in Philadel- 
phia, ii. 108 

MacDonough, Capt. Thomas, iii. 349 
Madeira Islands, iii. 254, 257 
Madison, James, i. xvi, xviii, xxi, xlix, 

Ixii, Ixix, Ixxxviiff 
Magraw, Dr., New York physician, ii. 

202, 304 
Manly, Captain of the Hancock, ii. 22 
Mansfield, Lord, ii. 87 
Marion, General Francis, at Eutaw 

Springs, ii. loi 
Martin, Luther, i. xxiii 
Mason, Stephens T., iii. 132 
Matthews, David, Mayor of New York, 

ii. 123 
McKean, Thomas, iii. 151 
M'Rea, Jenny, i. 279 
" Means ior the Preservation of Liberty," 

iii. 152 
Menut, Alexander, i. Ixxii, Ixxv 
Mercer, General Hugh, i. 279 
Mesnard, Capt. brig Active, i. xxxi 
Mirabeau, motto from, translated by 

Freneau, ii. 113 
Miranda, General, iii. 271 



Mississippi River, i. 74, 76 ; ii. 281 
Mitchell, cryer of Philadelphia, ii. 182 
Mitchell, Rev. Alexander, i. xv 
"Modern Chivalry" by Brackenridge, 

i. xvi, xxiv 
" Monarchical and Mixed Forms of Gov- 
ernment," i. Ixvi 
Monroe, James, iii. 151 
Montagu, George, i. 140 
Morin, Pierre, i. xiv ; Mary, i. xiv 
Motley, Capt. brig Betsy, i. xlvii 
Mount Pleasant, Freneau moves to, i. xv 
Moultrie, Fort, iii. 342; 
Moultrie, General Will am, iii. 238 
Murphy, refugee from Scorpion, i. xxxiii 

Nassau Hall, see Princeton 

Navy, see Ships 

Naval lyrics, "Capt. Jones' Invitation," 
i. cvi, 290 ; "Death of Capt. Biddle," 
i. cvi, 288 ; " Stanzas on the New 
Frigate Alliance," i. cvii, 285; "On 
the Memorable Victory," i. cvii, ii. 76 ; 
"Barney's Invitation," i. cvii, ii. 147 ; 
"Song on Capt. Barney's Victory," i. 
cvii, ii. 149 ; " On the Memorable 
Naval Engagement," iii. 106; "On 
the Capture of the Guerriere," -iii. 310; 
" Battle of Lake Erie," iii. 315 ; "On 
the Capture of the Essex," iii. 318; 
"The Battle of Stonington," iii. 338 ; 
" Battle of Lake Champlain," iii. 349 ; 
" On the Loss of the General Arm- 
strong," iii. 363; "On the Privateer 
Prince de Neufchatel," iii. 366. 

Nelson, William, i. 123 

Neversink, Thomas, prints " A Laugh- 
able Poem," ii. 338 

New London, iii. 321 

Neversink Highlands, iii. 3, 358. 

Newspapers, — 

Aurora, Philadelphia, i. Ixxvi, 14, 
iii. 132 ; City Gazette or the Daily 
Advertiser, Charleston, xlviii, iii. 5 ; 
Columbian Centinel, Boston, iii, 81 ; 
Columbian Herald, Charleston, ii. 301 ; 
Connecticut Courant, iii. 161 ; Consti- 
tutional Gazette, N. Y., i. xxiv, 158, 
185 ; Evening Post, Philadelphia, ii. 
288; Fenno's Gazette of the U. S., 
Philadelphia, i. Ivi ; iii. 81, 109 ; Free- 
man's Journal, Phila., xxxivff., xl, 
xliii; ii. 92, 174, 198, 240; General 
Advertiser, Phila., iii. 92 ; Independent 
Gazetteer, Phila., i. xxxvii, 41 ; ii. 
174, 176, 177, 179, 181, 185 ; Jersey 
Chronicle, Ixv ; Ixx, Ixxi ; iii. 3 ; 



INDEX 



423 



London Morning Herald, i. 41 ; 
Monmouth Press, i. xcv ; National 
Gazette, i. liiff., Ix, Ixi ; iii. 56, 60, 
76, 78, 81 ; New Jersey Journal, 
Chatham, ii. 231 ; New York Daily 
Advertiser, i. xlviii, ii. 75, 388, iii. 3 ; 
New York Gazetteer, ii. 120, 231 ; 
New York Journal, i. Ixxii, 42 ; ii. 
231 ; New York Mercury, ii. 203 ; 
New York Mirror, i. xcv ; New York 
Packet, ii. 231 ; North Carolina 
Gazette, iii. 19 ; Porcupine' s Gazette, 
iii. 156, 167, 168 ; Rivington's N. Y. 
Loyal Gazette, ii. I20 ; Royal Gazette, 
ii. 113, 115, 116, 120, 124, 125, 126, 
143, 146, 162, 169, 190, 232, 234; 
Time-Piece, Ixxii, ii. 3, 137 ; Weekly 
Gazette, Charleston, ii. 212, 402 

Newspaper tax, iii. 52 

" New Travels through North America," 
translated by Freneau, i. xxxvi 

New York City, ii. 7, 112, 162, 205, 
223 ; iii. 24, 26, 42, 49, S3, 116, 123, 

173 
Nicholson, Capt. James, of the Truvtbull, 

ii. 85 
North Carolina, iii. 19 
North, Lord, i. 189 
Nova Scotia, ii. 219, 293 
Nugent, Lord, ii. 13 

"Observations on Monarchy," i, Ixvi. 
" Odes on Various Subjects," ii. 73 
Ohio, iii. 366 
Ordonneaux, Commander of Prince de 

Neufchatel, iii. 366 
Oswald, Eleazer, i. xxxvii ; ii. 175, 185 

Paine, Thomas, i. lix, Ixiv ; iii. 90, 286 

Paris, Matthew, ii. 274 

Parke, Col., Poem to Freneau, i. xli. 

Parker, New York printer, ii. 203 

Parker, Sir Peter, iii. 342, 354 

Parr, Governor of Nova Scotia, ii. 293 

Passaic Falls, N. J., i. xxv, 123 

Paterson, N. J., i. xxv, 123, 131 

Peale's Exhibition, ii. 246 

Pearson, commander of Serapis, ii. 78 

Pennsylvania, iii. 13 

Percy, Lord, i. 168; iii. II 

Perry, Commodore, iii. 315 

Pewter Platter Alley, Philadelphia, ii. 

287 
Philadelphia, i. xxxivff. 68, 285 ; ii. 81, 

108, 147, 167, 225, 246, 260, 287 ; iii. 

42, 49. S3, 92, 106, no. III, 113, 

142, 151, 159, 178 



"Philosopher of the Forest," Freneau 

writes, i. xliii ; ii. 159 
Pichon, Citizen, "Ode to Liberty," iii. 

92 
Pico, the peak of, iii. 254 
"Pilgrim, The" Freneau' s, i. xxxvi, 

xliii ; ii. 159 
Pindar, Peter, ii. 394 ; iii. 28 
Pintard, John, i. Iviii, xcv 
Pocket Almanac, Bailey's, ii. 280, 282, 

314 
Poems by Freneau 

Addressed to a Political Shrimp, iii. 
127 ; Address to a Learned Pig, iii. 169 ; 
Address to the Commander in Chief, 
ii. 81 ; Address to the Republicans of 
America, iii. 154 ; Adventures of Simon 
Swangum, i. 14 ; Advice to a Friend, 
i. i^ ; Advice to the Ladies, iii. 402 ; 
Alcma's Enchanted Island, ii. 376 ; 
Almanac Maker, iii. 402 ; Amanda in 
a Consumption, ii. 326 ; Amanda's 
Complaint, ii. 392 ; America Inde- 
pendent, i. xxviii, 271, ii. 261 ; Amer- 
ican Demosthenes, iii. 144 ; American 
Independence, i. 271 ; American Lib- 
erty, a Poem, i. xxiv, 142 ; American 
Siberia, ii. 293 ; American Soldier, 
iii. 51 ; American Village, i. xxii, 41 ; 
iii. 381 ; Answer to a Card of Invita- 
tion, iii. 263 ; Apology for Intemper- 
ance, iii. 403 ; Argonaut, ii. 128 ; 
Argonauta, ii. 128; Ariosto's Descrip- 
tion, ii. 376 ; Arnold's Departure, ii. 
103 ; Author's Soliloquy, ii. 332 ; 
Author on Authorship, ii. 332. 

Bacchanalian Dialogue, iii. 255 ; 
Banished Man, iii. 47 ; Barney's Invi- 
tation, i. cvii ; ii. 147 ; Batavian Pic- 
ture, iii. 12 ; Battle of Lake Champlain, 
iii. 349 ; Battle of Lake Erie, iii. 31$ j 
Battle of Stonington, iii. 338 ; Bay 
Islet, iii. 116; Beauties of Santa Cruz, 
i. xxvii, 222, 239, 249 ; Belief and 
Unbelief, iii. 405 ; Bergen Planter, 
iii. 45 ; Bermuda Islands, ii. 318 ; 
Bethlehemite, iii. 406 ; Bird at Sea, 
iii. 22 ; Blast of November, iii. 406 ; 
Blessings of the Poppy, iii. 114 ; Book 
of Odes, iii. 161 ; Bridge of the Dela- 
ware, iii. 403 ; British Prison Ship, i. 
xxxiii, cvii, ii. 18 ; Brook of the Val- 
ley, iii. 376 

Captain Jones's Invitation, i. cvi, 
290; Caribbean, ii. 314; Charity a-la- 
Mode, iii. 403 ; Citizen's Resolye, i. 
42 ; College Story, iii. 404 ; Columbus 



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INDEX 



to Ferdinand, i. xxix, ci, 46 ; Com- 
merce, iii. 220 ; Congress Hall, iii. 26 ; 
Constantia, i. xlviii, iii. 38 ; Country 
Printer, i, Ixxxvi, 14, iii. 60 ; Cris- 
pin's Answer, iii. 75 ; Crows and the 
Carrion, iii, 179. 

Death Song of a Cherokee Indian, i. 
ex, ii. 315 ; Debtor's Soliloquy, iii. 

402 ; Departure, ii. 298 ; Departure, 
iii. 49 ; Description of Connecticut, iii. 
8 ; Description of the Plague in Athens, 
iii. 404 ; Deserted Farm-House, i. 40, 
iii. 399; Desolate Academy, i. 182; 
Devastations in a Library, iii. 402 ; 
Dialogue at Hyde-Park Comer, ii. 
140 ; Dialogue at Washington's Tomb, 
iii. 352 ; Dialogue between his Brit- 
annic Majesty and Mr. Fox, i. xxix, 
ii. 9 ; Dialogue between Shadragh and 
Whiffle, iii. 403 ; Discovery, i. ci, 85 ; 
Dish of Tea, iii. 71 ; Distrest Orator, 
iii. 401 ; Distrest Shepherdess, i. 195 ; 
Distrest Theatre, ii. 404; Drunkard's 
Apology, iii. 403 ; Drunken Soldier, 
iii. 402 ; Duelists, iii. 406 ; Dull 
Moralist, iii. 402 ; Dying Elm, i. xxix, 
45 ; Dying Indian, i. cxi, ii. 243. 

Elegiac Lines, i. 222, 253, ii. 328, 
iii. 402 ; Elegiac Lines on a Theolog- 
ical Script-Monger, iii. 404 ; Elegaic 
Stanzas on a Young Gentleman, iii. 

403 ; Elegaic Verses on a Dog, iii. 
401 ; Elegy on the Death of a Black- 
smith, iii. 112 ; Elegy on Mr. Robert 
Bell, ii. 260 ; Englishman's Complaint, 
ii. 305 ; English Quixote, ii. 54 ! 
Epigram, iii. 116; Epistle from Dr. 
Franklin, iii. 36 ; Epistleto a Despond- 
ing Seamen, iii. 57 ; Epistle to a Gay 
Young Lady, iii. 403 ; Epistle to a 
Student of Dead Languages, iii. 121 ; 
Epistle to the Patriotic Farmer, ii. 380 ; 
Epistle to Peter Pindar, iii. 28 ; Epistle 
to Sylvius, i. xxxviii, ii. 295 ; Epitaph, 
ii. 328 ; Epitaph on a Worthy Parson, 
iii. 406 ; Epitaph on Frederick the 
Second, iii. 403 ; Epitaph on Peter 
Abelard, iii. 401 ; Epitaph on the 
Tombstone of Patrick Bay, iii. 401 ; 
Epistolary Lines on the Death of a 
Fiddler, iii. 402 ; Esperanza's March, 
iii. 405 ; Eutaw Springs, i. cvi, ii. loi ; 
Expedition of Timothy Taurus, i. xxvii, 
123. 

Fading Rose, iii. 404 ; Fair Buckle- 
Thief, iii. 402 ; Fair Solitary, ii. 325 ; 
Fancy's Ramble, i. 34 ; Farmer Dob- 



bins's Complaint, iii. 402 ; Farmer's 
Winter Evening, iii. 394 ; Federal 
Hall, iii. 26 ; Female Caprice, iii. 
402 ; Female Frailty, i. Ixviii. 197 ; 
Few Honest Coblers, iii. 402 ; Fiddler's 
Farewell, iii. 402 ; Five Ages, iii. 
401 ; Flagelators, iii. 401 ; Florio to 
Amanda, ii. 319 ; Forest Beau, iii. 
120. 

General Gage's Confession, i. xxv, 
189, ii. 205 ; General Gage's Soliloquy, 
i. xxv, 152, ii. 205 ; George the Third's 
Soliloquy, i. xxix, ii. 3 ; God Save the 
Rights of Man, i. liv, iii. 99 ; Gougers, 
iii. 404. 

Happy Prospect, ii. 243 ; Hatteras, 
ii. 394 ; Heaving the Lead, iii. 406 ; 
Hermit and the Traveller, iii. 406 ; 
Hermit of Saba, ii. 359 : Hermit's 
Valley, iii. 128; Heroine of the Revo- 
lution, iii. 182; Hessian Embarkation, 
i. 222 ; Highland Sawney, iii. 402 ; 
History of the Prophet Jonah, i. xvi, 
3 ; Horace, Lib. I. Ode 15, ii. 377 ; 
Horace, Lib. II. Ode 16, Imitated, 
ii. 336 ; House of Night, i. xxvii, Ixviii, 
civ, 212, 253, 269, iii. 122 ; Human 
Frailty, iii. 405 ; Humanity and In- 
gratitude, iii. 401 ; Hurricane, ii. 250 ; 
Hypochondriac, iii. 406. 

In Memory of James Lawrence, 
iii. 313 ; Impertinent, iii. 401 ; Indian 
Burying Ground, i. cxi, ii. 369 ; Indian 
Convert, iii. 189 ; Indian Student, i. 
ex, ii. 371 ; Insolvent's Release, ii. 
329 ; Invalid, iii. 403 ; Invitation, i. 
290 ; Island Field Hand, ii. 258. 

Jamaica Funeral, i. Ixviii, xcvii, cv, 
239, 253, iii. 122 ; Jeffrey, or the Sol- 
dier's Progress, iii. 117; Jewish Lam- 
entation at the Euphrates, i. 270 ; 
Journey from Philadelphia to New 
York, ii. 338 ; Jug of Rum, iii. 66. 

Laughable Poem, ii. 338 ; Libera 
Nos, Domine, i. 139; Lines Addressed 
to Mr. Jefferson, iii. 293 ; Lines by H. 
Salem, on his Return from Calcutta, 
iii. 57 ; Lines Intended for Mr. Peale's 
Exhibition, ii. 246 ; Lines Occasioned 
by a Visit to an Old Indian Burying 
Ground, ii. 369 ; Lines Occasioned by 
Mr. Rivington's new Titular Types, 
ii. 124 ; Lines on a Distrest Orator, 
iii. 401 ; Lines on a February Shad, 
iii. 403 ; Lines on Cutting down Trees 
in the Streets, ii. 53 ; Lines on Mr. 
Rivington's New Engraved King's 



INDEX 



425 



Arms, ii. 125 ; Lines on Napoleon 
Bonaparte, Hi. 333 ; Lines on Seniora 
Julia, iii. 366 ; Lines on the Death of 
a Lady, ii. 328 ; Lines on the New 
Theatre, iii. 406 ; Lines to a Coasting 
Captain, i. 184 ; Lines to the Memory 
of a Young American Lady, iii. 402 ; 
Lines Written at Port Royal, ii. 253 ; 
Lines Written at Sea, iii. 231 ; Lines 
Written at St. Catharine's Island, ii. 
397 ; Lines Written for Mr. Ricketts, 
iii. 405 ; Lines Written in a French 
Novel, iii. 405 ; Lines Written in a 
very Small Garden, iii. 404 ; Lines 
Written on a Puncheon, iii. 66^ Liter- 
ary Importations, ii. 303 ; Literary 
Plunderers, iii. 402 ; Log-Town Cabin, 
i. ex, iii. 19 ; London Dialogue, ii. 
87 ; Lord Dunmore's Petition, ii. 
114; Lost Sailor, ii. 128; Love's 
Suicide, iii. 404 ; Lysander's Retreat, 
ii. 401. 

MacSwiggin, i. xviii, xxv, 206, ii. 
185 ; Manhattan City, ii. 223 ; Man of 
Ninety, ii. 374 ; Marcella in a Con- 
sumption, ii. 326 ; Market Girl, iii. 
402 ; Marriage a-la-mode, iii. 403 ; 
Mars and Hymen, i. 195, 197, ii. 56, 
57 ; Mars and Venus, iii. 403 ; Mary- 
land, iii. 15 ; Matrimonial Dialogue, 
iii. 104 ; May to April, ii. 331 ; 
Megara and Altavola, iii. 146; Menace, 
iii. 403 ; Mercantile Charity, iii. 403 ; 
Midnight Consultations, i. 158 ; Mili- 
tary Recruiting, iii. 308 ; Millenium, 
iii. 176 ; Minerva's Advice, iii. 403 ; 
Minstrel's Complaint, iii. 402 ; Miser- 
able Life of a Pedagogue, iii. 396 ; 
Misfortune of March, iii. 402 ; Mis- 
nomer, i. 185 ; Mistake, iii. 405 ; 
Modem Devotion, iii. 54 > Modern 
Idolatry, ii. 54 ; Modern Jehu, iii. 
405 ; Modern Miracle, iii. 402 ; Monu- 
mental Lines, iii. 405 ; Monument of 
Phaon, i. Ixviii, 30 ; Moral Thought, 
ii. 91 ; Mourning Nun, ii. 325 ; Mr. 
Jay's Treaty, iii. 132 ; Musical Savage, 
iii. 406. 

Nanny to Nabby, iii. 42 ; Nabby to 
Nanny, iii. 44 ; Nature's Debt, iii. 
406 ; Nautical Rendezvous, The, iii. 
242 ; Nereus and Thetis, iii. 404 ; 
Neversink, i. xlvii, Ixxxvi, iii. 3 ; New 
Age, iii. 405 ; New England Sabbath- 
Day Chase, iii. 29; News Carrier's 
Petition, ii. 240 ; News-Man's Ad- 
dress, 1784, ii. 238 ; News-Man's Ad- 



dress, 1786, ii. 301 ; News-Man's 
Address, 1788, ii. 383 ; Newsmonger, 
ii. 263; New Year's Eve, iii. 406; 
New Year's Verses, 1783, ii. 197 ; 
New Year's Verses, 1783, ii. 198, iii. 
129, 401; New Year's Verses, 1784, 
ii. 240 ; New Year's Verses, 1785, 
ii. 284 ; New Year's Verses, 1788, ii. 
383 ; New Year's Verses, 1798, iii. 
194; New York Tory, ii. 84; New 
York Tory's Epistle, ii. 290 ; New 
York Tory's Epistle to one of His 
Friends, ii. 219 ; Northern March, iii. 
329 ; Northern Soldier, i. 197, ii. 67 ; 
Nova Scotia Menace, iii. 403. 

Occasioned by the Bill Proposing a 
Taxation on Newspapers, iii. 52 ; 
October's Address, iii. 273 ; Ode, iii. 
99; Ode for July 4, 1799, iii, 152; 
• Ode to Fancy, i. Iviii, 34 ; Ode to 
Good Fortune, iii. 405 ; Ode to Lib- 
erty, i. liii, iii. 92 ; Ode to the Ameri- 
cans, iii. 203 ; Old Virginia, iii. 17 ; 
On a Book Called Unitarian Theology, 
ii. 307 ; On a Celebrated Performer on 
the Violin, iii. 192 ; On a Hessian 
Debarkation, i. 222, 269 ; On a Honey 
Bee, iii. 284 : On a Lady Now De- 
ceased, iii. 405 ; On a Lady's Singing 
Bird, i. 283 ; On a Legislative Act, 
iii. 126 ; On Amanda's Singing Bird, 
i. 283 ; On a Man Killed by a Buffalo, 
iii. 404 ; On American Antiquity, iii. 
5 ; On a Nocturnal View of the Planet 
Jupiter, iii. 404 ; On a Painter, iii. 
403 ; On a Proposed Negotiation, iii. 
226 ; On Arriving in South Carolina, 
iii. 199 ; On a Rural Nymph, iii. 268 ; 
On a Travelling Speculator, iii. 404 ; 
On Deborah Gannett, iii. 182 ; On 
Dr. Sangrado's Flight, iii. iii; On 
False Systems of Government, iii. 221 ; 
On Finding a Terrapin, iii. 406 ; On 
General Miranda's Expedition, iii. 
271 ; On General Robertson's Procla- 
mation, ii. 162 ; On Happiness, iii. 
405 ; On Hearing a Political Oration, 
iii. 144 ; On Passing by an Old Church- 
yard, iii. 277 ; On Pest-Eli-Hali, iii. 
404 ; On Political Sermons, iii. 330 ; 
On Prohibiting the Sale of Ramsey's 
History, ii. 312 ; On Retirement, i. 
84 : On Seeing a Beautiful Print, iii. 
406 ; On Seniora Julia Leaving a 
Dance, iii. 265 ; On Sir Henry Clin- 
ton's Recall, ii. 153 ; On Superstition, 
iii. 405 ; On Swedenborg's Universal 



426 



INDEX 



Theology, ii. 307; On the Abuse of 
Human Power, iii. 272 ; On the Ap- 
proaching Dissolution, iii. 404 ; On 
the Anniversary of the Storming of 
the Bastile, i. liii, iii. 102 ; On the 
Attempted Launch of a Frigate, iii. 
157 ; On the Brigantine Privateer 
Prince de Neufchatel, iii. 366 ; On the 
British Blockade, iii. 358 ; On the 
British Commercial Depredations, iii. 
300 ; On the British Invasion, iii. 341 ; 
On the British King's Speech, ii. 217 ; 
On the Capture of the Essex, iii. 318 ; 
On the Capture of the Guerriere, iii. 
310 ; On the City Encroachments on 
the River Hudson, iii. 173 ; On the 
Conflagrations at Washington, iii. 344 ; 
On the Conqueror of America, i. 185 ; 
On the Crew of a Certain Vessel, ii. 
317 ; On the Death of a Masonic 
Grand Sachem, iii. 282 ; On the Death 
of a Master Builder, iii. 281 ; On the 
Death of a Republican Printer, iii. 
loi ; On the Death of Capt. Nicholas 
Biddle, i. cvi, 288 ; On the Death of 
Catharine II., iii. 136 ; On the Death of 
Colonel Laurens, ii. 283 ; On the 
Death of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, iii. 
36 ; On the Death of General Reed, 
ii. 288 ; On the Death of General 
Ross, iii. 356 ; On the Demolition of 
an Old College, iii. 33 ; On the De- 
molition of Fort George, iii. 24 ; On 
the Demolition of the French Mon- 
archy, i. liii, iii. 84 ; On the Departure 
of the Grand Sanhedrim, iii. 49 ; On 
the Departure of Peter Porcupine, iii. 
240 ; On the Dismission of Bonaparte, 
iii. 334 ; On the Emigration to Amer- 
ica, ii. 280 ; On the English Devasta- 
tions, iii. 343 ; On the Evils of Human 
Life, iii. 405 ; On the Fall of an 
Ancient Oak, iii. 285 ; On the Fall of 
General Earl Cornwallis, ii. 92 ; On 
the Federal City, iii. 171, 184 ; On 
the First American Ship, ii. 261 ; On 
the Fourteenth of July, i. liii, iii. 72 ; 
On the Free Use of the Lancet, iii. 
159 ; On the French Republicans, i. 
liii, iii. 88 ; On the Frigate Constitu- 
tion, iii. 174 ; On the Invasion of 
Rome, iii. 135 ; On the Lake Expedi- 
tions, iii. 314 ; On the Late Sloop of 
War General Monk, ii. 142 ; On the 
Launching of the Frigate Constitution, 
iii. 158 ; On the Launching of the In- 
dependence, iii. 374 ; On the Loss ol 



the Armstrong, iii. 363 ; On the Mem 
orable Naval Engagement, iii. lo5 ; 
On the Memorable Victory, i. cvii, ii. 
75 ; On the Naval Attack Near Balti- 
more, iii. 357 ; On the New American 
Frigate, Alliance, i. cvii, 285 ; On the 
New Year's Festival, ii. 198; On the 
Peak of Pico, iii. 254 ; On the Peak of 
Teneriffe, iii. 261 ; On the Proposed 
System of State Consolidation, iii. 225 ; 
On the Portraits of Louis and Antoi- 
nette, iii. 89 ; On the Powers of the 
Human Understanding, iii. 404 ; On 
the Prospect of a Revolution in France, 
ii. 385 ; On the Prospect of War, iii. 
296 ; On the Religion of Nature, iii. 
405 ; On the Royal Coalition, iii. 129 ; 
On the Sleep of Plants, iii. 31 ; On 
the Symptoms of Hostilities, iii. 291 ; 
On the Uniformity and Perfection of 
Nature, iii. 405 ; On the Universality 
of the God of Nature, iii. 405 ; On the 
Vicissitudes of Things, ii. 284 ; On the 
War Patrons, iii. 98 ; On the War Pro- 
jected with the Republic of France, iii. 
139 ; Orator of the Woods, iii. 41 ; 
Order of the Day, iii. 406 ; Origin 
of Wars, iii. 403 ; Orland's Flight, 
iii. III. 

Palsemon : or, the Skaiter, iii. 402 ; 
Palemon to Lavinia, ii. 381 ; Pamph- 
leteer and the Critic, ii. 309 ; Parade 
and Sham-fight, iii. 368 ; Parody on 
the Attempt to Force the British 
Treaty, iii. 133 ; Parting Glass, iii. 
68 ; Patrick Mulponi, ii. 379 ; Pesti- 
lence, iii. no; Pettifogger, iii. 191; 
Pewter Platter Alley, ii. 287; Phi- 
lander : or the Emigrant, ii. 321 ; 
Philosophical Reflections, ii. 165 ; Pic- 
tures of Columbus, i. Ixviii, ci, 89 ; 
Picture of the Times, ii. 165 ; Pil- 
grim's Progress, ii. 401 ; Pilot of Hat- 
teras, ii. 394 ; Plato, the Philosopher, 
to Theon, ii. 104; Political Balance, 
ii. 130 ; Political Biography, ii. 201 ; 
Political Litany, i. 139; Political 
Rival Suitors, iii. 130 ; Political 
Weathercock, iii. 216 ; Power of 
Fancy, i. 34 ; Prayer of Orpheus, i. 
39 ; Prefatory Lines, iii. 137 ; Prepos- 
terous Nuptials, iii. 403 ; Prince Re- 
gent's Resolve, iii. 336 ; Prince Wil- 
liam Henry's Soliloquy, ii. 167; Pris- 
oner, iii. 402 ; Prison Ship, i. xxxiii, 
288 ; Procession to Columbia, ii. 399 ; 
Procession to Sylvania, ii. 399 ; Prog- 



INDEX 



427 



ress of Balloons, ii. 276 ; Projectors, 
ii. 160 ; Prologue to a Theatrical En- 
tertainment, ii. 108 ; Prophecy, ii. 126; 
Prophecy of King Tammany, ii. 187 ; 
Prudent Philosopher, iii. 403 ; Psalm 
CXXXVII Imitated, i. xxix, 270 f 
Publius to PoUia, iii. 405 ; Pyramid of 
the American States, iii. 82 ; Pyramids 
of Egypt, i. xvi, 25 ; Pythona, iii. 406. 
Quintilian to Lycidas, iii. 115. 

Reflections, iii. 217; Reflections on 
Dr. Perkins' Metallic Points, iii. 405 ; 
Reflections on the Constitution of Na- 
ture, iii. 404 ; Reflections on the Death 
of a Country Printer, iii. loi ; Reflec- 
tions on Mutability of Things, iii. 215 ; 
Refugees' Petition to Sir Guy Carle- 
ton, ii. 172; Renegado Epistle, ii. 
219; Renegado Epistle, ii. 290; Re- 
publican Festival, iii. 151 ; Republi- 
can Genius of Europe, iii. 129; Retal- 
iation, a Marine Ode, iii. 373 ; Retire- 
ment, i. 84 ; Retort, iii. 401 ; Reward 
of Innocence, iii. 405 ; Rising Glory of 
America, i. xxi, ciii, 49 ; Rival Suitors 
for America, iii. 130 ; Rivington's Con- 
fessions, i. xl, ii. 229 ; Rivington's Last 
Will, ii. 120 ; Rivington's Reflections, 
ii. 190; Royal Adventurer, ii. 112; 
Royal Apprentice, iii. 405 ; Royal 
Cockneys in America, iii. 185 ; Royal 
Consultations, iii. 361 ; Rural Bachel- 
or, iii. 403. 

St. Preux to Eloisa, iii. 402, San 
grado's Expedition to Sylvania, ii. 402 ; 
Santa Cruz, i. 222, 239, 249 ; Satan's 
Remonstrance, ii. 169; Satire in Answer 
to a Hostile Attack, I. 206 ; Scandi- 
navian War Song, ii. 159 ; Science 
Favorable to Virtue, iii. 404 ; Scornful 
Lady, iii, 402 ; Scurrilous Scribe, iii. 
405 ; Sea-Faring Bachelor, i. 184 ; 
Seasons Moralized, ii. 282 ; Sea Voy- 
age, i. 293 ; Serious Menace, iii. 213 ; 
Seventeen Hundred and Ninety-one, 
iii. 65 ; Sexton's Sermon, i. 222, 239, 
iii. 122 ; Shadrach and Pomposo, iii. 
403 ; Silent Academy, i. 182 ; Sir Guy 
Carleton's Address, ii. 156; Sir Guy's 
Answer, ii. 173 ; Sir Harry's Invita- 
tion, ii. 7 ; Sir Peter Petrified, iii. 354 ; 
Sketches of American History, ii. 266 ; 
Slender' s Journey, i. xliii, Ixxxvi, ii. 
338 ; Song on Captain Barney's Vic- 
tory, i. cvii, ii. 149; Speech, ii. 117; 
Spy, i. 197, ii. 39 ; Stanzas Occa- 
sioned by Absurd Panegyrics, iii. 23S ; 



Stanzas Occasioned by the Departure 
of the British, ii. 214 ; Stanzas 
Occasioned by the Ruins of a Country 
Inn, ii. 1 10 ; Stanzas on a Politi- 
cal Projector, iii. 406 ; Stanzas on 
an Ancient Dutch House, i. 40 ; 
Stanzas on an old English Tobacco 
Box, iii. 278 ; Stanzas on the Decease 
of Thomas Paine, iii. 286 ; Stanzas on 
the same Subject as the Preceding, iii. 
234 ; Stanzas Published at the Pro- 
cession to the Tombs of the Patriots, 
iii. 246 ; Stanzas on Skeletons Dug 
up in Fort George, iii. 40 ; Stanzas 
to an Alien, iii. 228 ; Stanzas to the 
Memory of General Washington, iii. 
232 ; Stanzas to the Memory of two 
Young Persons, ii. 79 ; Stanzas Writ- 
ten at Baltimore, ii. 391 ; Stanzas 
written at the Foot of Monte Soufiiere, 
ii. 314 ; Stanzas written at the Island 
of Madeira, iii. 257 ; Stanzas Written 
in a Clergyman's Garden, iii. 404 ; 
Stanzas Written in a Blank Leaf of 
Burke's History, ii. 314 ; Stanzas 
Written in Blackbeard's Castle, iii. 
229 ; St. Catharine's, ii. 397 ; Sub- 
scription Prayer, ii. 379 ; Suicide, 
iii. 404 ; .Susanna's Revival, iii. 402 ; 
Susanna's Tomb, iii. 405 ; Suttler and 
the Soldier, iii. 304. 

Terra Vulpina, iii. 8 ; Terrific Tor- 
pedoes, iii. 321 ; Theodosia, iii. 312 ; 
Tenth Ode of Horace's Book of Epodes, 
ii. 103 ; Thoughts on the European War 
System, iii. 103 ; Timothy Taurus, 
i. XXV ; To a Caty-did, iii. 275 ; To a 
Concealed Royalist, ii. 174 ; To a 
Democratic Editor, iii. 166 ; To a De- 
ceased Dog, iii. 401 ; To a Dog, ii. 
387 ; To America, iii, 301 ; To an 
Angry Zealot, iii. 81 ; To an Author, 
ii. 332 ; To a Night Fly, iii. 189 ; To 
an Old Man, ii. 104; To a Noisy 
Politician, iii. 122 ; To a Persecuted 
Philosopher, iii, 81 ; To a Republican, 
iii. 90 ; To a Very Little Man, iii. 
403 ; To a Writer of Panegyric, iii. 
119; Tobacco, iii. 46; To Clarissa, 
iii. 403 ; To Cracovius Patridas, ii. 
336 ; To Crispin O' Conner, ii. 74 ; To 
Cynthia, ii. 391, iii. 403 ; To Duncan 
Dolittle, iii. 164; To Fungus, Froth & 
Co., iii. 403 ; To Harriot, ii. 391 ; To 
His Excellency, General Washington, 
ii. 81 ; To Ismenia, iii. 406 ; To Lord 
Cornwallis, ii. 86 ; To Lydia, ii. 387 ; 



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INDEX 



To Marcia, ii. 326 ; Tomb of the 
Patriots, iii. 249; To Memmius, ii. 
406; To Misfortune, ii. 335 ; To 
Mr. Blanchard, iii. 142 ; To Mr. 
Churchman, ii. 398 ; To My Book, iii. 
78 ; To My Book, iii. 129 ; To My 
Lord Snake, iii. 401 ; To Myrtalis, 
iii. 141 ; To Pest-Eli-Hali, iii. 166 ; 
To Peter Porcupine, iii. 156 ; To Peter 
Porcupine, iii. 167 ; Tormentina's 
Complaint, ii. 393 ; To Sanstone 
Samuel, iii. 176; To Sylock Ap 
Shenkin, i. 206, ii. 185, 177, iii. 
76, 119; To Sylock Ap Shenkin, 
an Abusive Court Writer, ii. 174; 
To Sylock Ap Shenkin in Reply to 
Big Looks, iii. 109; To Sir Toby, 
ii. 258; To Sylvius, iii. 113 ; To the 
Americans of the United States, i. Ixx, 
iii. 188 ; To the Americans on the 
Rumored Approach of the Hessians, i. 
185 ; To the Concealed Royalist, ii. 
177 ; To the Concealed Royalist on 
his Farewell, ii. 179 ; To the Demo- 
cratic Country Editors, iii. 210 ; To 
the Dog Sancho, iii. 404 ; To the Foe 
to Tyrants, ii. 177 ; To the Frigate 
Constitution, iii. 162 ; To the Grand 
Mufti, iii. 402 ; To the Keeper of the 
King's Water Works, ii. 252 ; To the 
Lake Squadrons, iii. 347 ; To the 
Memory of a Lady, iii. 403 ; To the 
Memory of Edward Rutledge, iii. 238 ; 
To the Memory of Mrs. Burnet, iii. 
403 ; To the Memory of the Late 
Aedanus Burke, iii. 243 ; To the 
Memory of the Brave Americans, ii. 
loi ; To the Philadelphia Doctors, iii. 
178; To the Public, iii. 56; To the 
Rev. Samuel Stanhope Smith, iii. 244 ; 
To the Royalist Unveiled, ii. 181 ; To 
the Scribe of Scribes, iii. 187; To 
Whom it May Concern, ii. 185 ; To 
Zoilus, ii. 309 ; Translated from the 
Third Book of Lucretius, iii. 406 ; 
Translation from Ovid's Tristia, iii. 

404 ; Translation of Gray's Ode, iii. 

405 ; Translation of the Third Elegy of 
Ovid, iii. 404 ; Truth Anticipated, ii. 
143 ; Two Genii, iii. 406. 

Under the Portraiture of Martha 
Ray, iii. 403 ; Upon a very ancient 
Dutch House, iii. 399 ; Usurer's 
Prayer, iii. 404. 

Vanity of Existence, ii. 91 ; Vernal 
Ague, i. 188 ; Verses Made at Sea, ii. 
250 ; Verses occasioned by Washing- 



ton's Arrival, ii. 225 ; View of Colum- 
bia, ii. 401 ; View of Rhode Island, 
iii. 7 ; Village Merchant, i. xvi, 14, 
iii. 60 ; Vision of the Night, i. 222 ; 
Volunteer's March, iii. 337 ; Voyage 
to Boston, i. XXV, 158. 

Wanderer, iii. 22 ; Warning to 
America, iii. 70 ; Wild Honey Suckle, 
i. cix, ii. 306 ; Wish of Diogenes, i. 
84 ; Written at Cape Hatteras, ii. 392; 
Written at Poplar Hill, iii. 406 ; Writ- 
ten at Port Royal, ii. 253. 

Porcupine, Peter, iii. 156, 167, 187, 240 
Powers and Willis, printers, i. xxxvi 
Princeton, i. xvff, xxv, 49, 50, 208, iii. 

244 
Printer, A Country, iii. 101, 166 
Prison-ships, ii. 18, iii. 246, 249 ; The 
Jersey, ii. 27, iii. 249 ; The Hunter, 
ii. 27, 31, 32 ; The Scorpion, ii. 26, 
27, 31 ; The Strovibolo, ii. 27 
Privateering, iii. 242, 366 
Prophecies, Freneau's ; Rise of the West, 
i. 76; America a world-power, ii. 282; 
ballooning, ii. 279 ; Europe owns Am- 
erica her equal, ii. 386 ; science dis- 
places the classics, iii. 121 ; America's 
navy, iii. 158 ; era of prose, iii. 188 ; 
Jefferson president, iii. 216 
Pyramid of the States, iii. 82 

QUESNAY, Alexander, ii. 108 

Ramsay, David, ii. 312, iii. 245 

Randolph, John, i. Ii, Ixiv 

Rawdon, Lord, ii. 97 

Ray, Hugh, i. xxxii 

Read, Col. iii. 354 

Reed, Gen. Joseph, ii. 176, 288 

Reid, Samuel C, Captain of General 

Arjnstrong, iii. 363 
Rhode Island, ii. 386, iii. 7 
Rights of Man, iii. 65 , 90 
" Rising Empire, The," i. xlix, iii. 5. 
Rittenhouse, David, i. xlii, lix 
Rivington, James, ii. 116, 120, 124, 125, 

143, 162, 169, 190, 229, 232 
Robin, Abb6 Claude, i. xxxvi, Ixxiii 
Robertson, General James, ii. 39, 122, 

162, 237 
Rodney, Admiral, George, ii. 143 
Rogers, Captain of the General Monk, 

ii. 150 
Ross, General Robert, iii. 89, 343, 356 
Royal George, Loss of, ii. 218 
Rozier, balloonist, ii. 276 



INDEX 



429 



Rush, Dr. Benjamin, iii. ijg, 167, 169, 

240 
Rutledge, Gov. Edward, iii. 238 
Rum, the curse of, iii. 66 

Saint Esprit, Church, New York, i. xiii 

Sandwich, Lord, ii. 13, 90 

St. James Island, i. xxvii 

Santa Cruz Island, West Indies, i. xxvi, 
xxvii, xxxiv, 249 

" Satires against the Tories," i. xvii 

Schuylkill River, iii. 128 

Scott, Sir Walter, i. vi, cvi ; ii. 102 

Seabury, Bishop Samuel, ii. 303 

Sears, Isaac, raids Rivington's office, ii. 
205, 236 

Sevier, Robert and William, iii. 79 

Shelburne, Earl of, settles the quarrel 
with the Colonies, ii. 191 

Shippen, Dr. William, iii. 244 

Ships. 

Active, Am. brig, i. xxxi ; Alliance, 
Am. frigate, i. 285, ii. 77 ; Ardent, Fr. 
man of war, ii. 145 ; Asia, Br. man of 
war, ii. 205 ; Aurora, Am. ship, i. 
Kxx, ii. 19, 21, 23 ; Betsy, Am. brig, 
i. xlvii ; Betsey, Br. ship, i. xlv ; Bos- 
ton, Br. frigate, iii. 106 ; Carnation, 
Br. armed brig, iii. 363 : Cerberus, Br. 
frigate, ii. 153 ; Charming Sally, Br. 
privateer, ii. 150 ; Cherub, Br. frigate, 
iii. 318 ; Chesapeake, Am. frigate, iii. 
313 ; Columbia, Freneau's schooner, 
i. xliii, xlvii, xlviii ; Confidence, Br. 
warship, iii. 349 ; Constitution, Am. 
frigate, iii. 157, 158, 162, 174, 310 ; 
Countess of Scarborough, Br. man of 
war, ii. 75 ; Despatch, Br. war brig, iii. 
338 ; Dromilly, Freneau's brig, i. 
xxxvii, ii. 252 ; Echo, Am. brig, i. 
Ixxix ; Empress of China, Am. mer- 
chant ship, ii. 261 ; Essex, Am. 
frigate, iii. 318, Fair American, Br. 
privateer, ii. 142 ; Formidable, Br. 
frigate, ii. 143 ; Fulton the First, Am. 
steam frigate, iii. 360 ; General Arm- 
strong, Am. privateer brig, iii. 363 ; 
General Greene, Am. privateer, ii. 
142, 150 ; General Monk, Am. sloop 
of war, ii. 85, 142, 147, 149 ; Good 
Man Richard, Am. frigate, ii. 77 ; 
Glorieuse, French man of war, ii. 14S ; 
Grange, Br. ship, iii. 106 ; Guerriere, 
Br. frigate, iii. 310; Hancock, former 
name of the Iris, ii. 22 ; Hector, Fr. 
man of war, ii. 14S ; Hunter (see 
Prison Ships) ; Hyder AH, Am. pri- 



vateer, ii. 142, 147, 168 ; Independence, 
iii. 374, Industry, Freneau's sloop, i. 
xliii, Ixxxi, ii. 388 ; Iris, Br. frigate, i. 
xxxi, xxxii, ii. 19, 22, 23, 85, 90 ; 
Jersey (see Prison Ships) ; John, Fre- 
neau's schooner, i. Ixxx ; Katy, Am. 
sloop, i. Ixxv ; La Hoke, Br. warship, 
iii. 321 , Le Cesar, Fr. frigate, ii. 145 ; 
Le Diadem., Fr. frigate, ii. 145 ; 
L' Embuscade, Fr. frigate, iii. 92, 
106 ; Little Sarah, Br. ship, iii. 106 ; 
Maria, Am. ship, iii. 199 ; Mars, 
Am. brig, i. xxxix ; Menelaus, Br. 
frigate, iii. 354 ; Monmouth, Freneau's 
sloop, i. xxix, ii. 295 ; Pactolus, Br. 
ship of war, iii. 338 ; Pallas, Fr. man of 
war, ii. 77, 79 ; Patriot, Am. schooner, 
iii. 312; Phcebe, Br. frigate, iii. 318; 
Plantagenet, Br. frigate, iii. 363 ; 
Prince de Neufchatel, Am. privateer, 
iii. 366 ; Prince George, Br. frigate, 
ii. 112; Queen Charlotte, Br. ship of 
war, iii. 316 ; Queen of France, Fr. 
ship, iii. 89 ; Ramillies, Br. frigate, iii. 
321, 338 ; Randolph, Am. frigate, i. 
cvii, 288 ; Rebecca, Am. brig, i. xxx ; 
Rodney, Br. flag ship, ii. 117; Rose, 
Br. frigate, i. xlii, 140, 165 ; Rota, 
Br. frigate, iii. 363 ; Royal George, 
Br. frigate, ii. 218; Saratoga, Am. 
war ship, iii; 349 ; Scorpion, see 
Prison Ships ; Seraphis, Br. frigate, ii. 
75 ; Shannon, Br. frigate, iii. 313 ; 
Strombolo, see Prison Ships ; Trum- 
bull, Am. frigate, ii. 85 ; Vengeance, 
Am. man of war, ii. 77 ; Ville de 
Paris, Fr. frigate, ii. 14S ; Viper, Br. 
frigate, ii. 140 ; Vulture, Br. man of 
war, ii. 48 ; Washington, former name 
of theGen. Monk, ii. 142 ; Washing- 
ton, Freneau's brig, i. Ixxxi, Ixxxvii ; 
Yarmouth, Br. frigate, i. 288. 

Slavery, Freneau's opposition to, i. 
xcvii, ii. 258 

Slender, Robert, i. xliii, Ixxvi 

Smith, Robert, architect, iii. 244 

Smith, Samuel 5., iii. 242 

Smyth, William, i. 129 

Smyth, Mrs. Charles (Anna), i. Ixxxix 

Somerset Academy, Md., i. xxii 

South Carolina, ii. 305, 402, iii. 199, 
238 

Spring, Samuel, i. xvi 

Sproat, David, commissary of prisoners 
at N. Y., ii. 29 

State Consolidation, iii. 225 

Steamboats, ii. 406 



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INDEX 



Steele, Gen., Collector of the port of 

Philadelphia, i. Ixxxviii 
Stillwell, Joseph, i. xliv 
Stirling, Lord, i. 124 
Stuart, General, ii. loi 
Suffrein, M. de, ii. 117 
Swedenborg, Emanuel, ii. 307 
Sweeney, Miss Adele, i. xxx, Ixxviii, 

19, 39 

Tammanv, Indian Chieftain, ii. 187 
Tea, iii. 7 1 
Teneriffe, iii. 261, 263 
Tennessee, iii. 192 
Theatre, ii. 108, 404 
Tobacco, iii. 46, 278, 308 
Tomo Cheelci Papers, i. Ixvi, Ixxiv 
Tories, ii. 84, 162, 172, 219, 290, 293 
Towne, Benjamin, printer, ii. 288 
"Travels of the Imagination," i. 271 
Treaty between Great Britain and Amer- 
ica, ii. 246 
Trees in Cities, iii. 53 
Trumbull, John, i. ci 
Tryon, Gov. William, i. 140, ii. 115 
Twining, Thomas, iii. 184 

United States Magazine, i. xxvii, xxix, 
xl, 45, 46, 212, 249, 270, 293 ; ii. 

Uranian Musical Society, iii. 152 

Vanderput, Capt. of the Asia, ii. 205 

Venezuela, iii. 271 

Verplanck, G. C, reviews Freneau's 

poems, i. xci 
Vincent, Capt., i. 288 



Virginia legislature petitioned by Lord 

Dunmore, ii. 114 
Virginia, iii. 17 
Vreeland, Mrs. Helen K., i. Ixxx 

Walcott, Dr. John, poet, iii. 28 
Wallace, Captain of the Rose, i. xli 
"War and Washington," i. c 
War of 1812, iii. 133, 155, 292, 297 flf, 

305, 310, 313 ff, 318, ;32i,.329, 338, 

341, 343. 347. 356, 357, 363 
Warner, G. J., iii. 152 
Washington Academy, Md., i. xxiii 
Washington, City of, iii. 171, 184, 343, 

344, 361 
Washington, George, i. xlvii, liv, Ix, 

169, 185, 194, 279, ii. 81, 82, 92, 225, 

iii. 232, 234, 235, 244, 352. 
Watson, Agnes, i. xiv ; Richard, i. xiv 
Wellington's Army in the War of 1812, 

iii. 341, 361 
West Indies, i. 239, 249, ii. 250, 252, 

258, 314. 359, iii- 229, 242 
Western emigration, ii. 280 
Weyman, Ned, printer, ii. 203. 
William Henry, Prince, ii. 112, 167 
Witherspoon, President John, i. xv, xix 
Wheelock, President John, iii. 33 
Whitehead, William, poet laureate, ii. 

219 
Woodhouse, Wilham, i. 158 
Wrigley, Francis, newscarrier, ii. 197 

Yale College, ii. 346 

Yamacraw, Ga., i. xlvi 

Yellow Fever, iii. no, 159, 167, 178 

Yorktown, ii. 89, 92